Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Painstaking fruit selection and skilled winemaking using reductive cellar techniques has resulted in our Sauvignon Blanc seamlessly incorporating the very best that the Old and New World styles have to offer. This wine favors individuality and minerality ahead of pure, pungent fruit, but still shows assertive spice, herbs, lemon zest, gooseberry and grassy aromas. These are effortlessly reflected on the palate and are complemented by a lively
acidity which underpins a classy structure and texture, culminating in a wine of great poise,
length and charm.
"Pale bright yellow. Very subtle nose combines grapefruit pith, citrus peel, pepper and crushed stone, plus a whiff of tropical fruits. Rich, bright, ripe and deep, with lemon, grapefruit and mineral flavors enlivened by wild herbs and mint. This really coats the mouth without leaving any impression of weight. Finishes suave and long, with terrific grip. Seriously good sauvignon."
International Wine Cellar
"This has subtle weight, with lemon verbena, wet straw and chamomile notes offset by lingering gooseberry notes. Nice buried minerality stretches out the finish. Very solid."
Learn About Ataraxia
Ataraxia was founded in 2004. Husband and wife team, Kevin and Hanli, in partnership with a few friends, purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land. The landscape in which Ataraxia is situated, called The Skyfields is unique, lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring BabylonsToren mountain range,...
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Learn About South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc
One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety
that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire
Valley of France to Marlborough
in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique
and delicious flavors.
Sauvignon Blanc's home...
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