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“In South Africa, almost 35% of wines earned 90 Points or more, averaging $53: Equally impressive is that 90% of it’s wines earned scores of 85 Points.” – Mitch Frank, Wine Spectator

Ataraxia

Ratings & Reviews

2017 (April), Decanter
2015 Chardonnay
96 Points
Tim Atkin MW, John Hoskins MW & Greg Sherwood MW
Top South African Chardonnay Tasted

2017 Wine Advocate South Africa Report
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
91 Points
2015 Chardonnay
93 Points
2015 Pinot Noir
92 Points
2015 Serenity
91 Points
“As I have mentioned in previous reports, South Africa has a dynamic wine industry, one whose tectonic plates appear to be shifting every 12 months. It is a country and an industry of contrast and contradictions: black and white, rich and poor, tradition and enterprise; wines that are unquestionably world-class down to wines that go straight down the sink. South Africa is everything in between. What this report focuses upon are the quality-motivated producers, the ones that deserve attention.”Neil Martin’s prologue to his South Africa Report 2017. Neil included and rated all four of Ataraxia’s wines in his report – an admirable achievement.

2016 Platters
2014 Chardonnay
4.5 stars
“Barrel ferment & 9 months oak (26% new) make for a toasty entry on youthful 14 otherwise showing similar taut, chiselled restraint to 13, same full citrus profile.”

Press Clips

Why You Should Be Drinking South African Chardonnay Town & Country, June 2017

South African Chardonnay – Panel Tasting Results Decanter, May 2017

The Best South African Wines Evening Standard, March 2017

Babylonstoren

Ratings & Reviews

2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
2014 Nebukadnesar
Gold Medal (95/100)
2016 Mourvèdre Rosé
DWWA Silver Medal (90/100)
IWC Bronze

2017 Platters
2016 Mourvèdre Rosé
3 Stars
2015 Babel Red
4 Stars
“Dominated by shiraz & cab, with Bordeaux quartet in attendance. Plenty red fruit, floral chard, supple yet fresh texture and fine-grained tannin. Still youthfully unsettled but full of potential.”
2014 Nebukadnesar
4 Stars
2013 Nebukadnesar
4 Stars

Press Clips

Conde Nast Into Africa April 2017

DWWA Results 2017

Cape Town Calling Afar, 2017

From Farm to Estate in Cape Town’s Winelands Forbes, February 2017

Eagles’ Nest

Ratings & Reviews

2017 Platters
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
4 Stars
“From two maritime vineyards 15 exudes green fig & capsicum, white peach & passionfruit, has striking acidity for seafood & butter sauces.”
2013 Shiraz
4.5 Stars
“Elevated site plus close proximity to cooling ocean reflexed in 13’s light pepper-spice seasoning, restrained fruit & refreshing acidity. Smooth polished lines & property’s signature resonating length.”

2016 Platters
2012 Shiraz
5 Stars
“Well-deserved maximum rating for brilliant 12, an unshowy but richly satisfying & complete wine echoes 11’s (4.5 Stars) dark berry fruit spiced with black pepper & scrub, smooth polished lines & the property’s hallmark – resonating length. Composed & lithe, with a great future.”

Wine Advocate
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
89 Points
2014 Shiraz
91 Points
2013 Shiraz
93 Points

Tim Atkin SA Report
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
90 Points
2014 Shiraz
94 Points
2013 Shiraz
94 Points
2012 Shiraz
94 Points

Veritas Double Gold Medal
2014, 2013 & 2012 Shiraz

Shiraz Associate
South Africa: Top 12

2013 & 2012 Shiraz

Press Clips

Shiraz Challenge awards announce Shiraz Stars for 2017 Biz Community, June 2017

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014 WineMag.co.za, May 2017

Ernst Gouws & Co.

Ratings & Reviews

2017 Platters
2014 Pinot Noir
3 Stars

2016 Platters
2012 Pinot Noir
3 Stars

Kaapzicht

Ratings & Reviews

2017 Platters
2016 Chenin Blanc
3.5 Stars
“Earliest-drinking of the chenins. Thanks to old bush vines 16 remains variety-true with quince & melon purity, focused acidity.”
2013 Pinotage
4.5 Stars
“Complex, with layers of fruit & savoury elements vying for attention, 13 shows Pinotage’s capabilities. Blueberries & plums, dried herbs & gunsmoke, muscular with a firm tannin core yet so delicious already.”

2016 Platters
2015 Chenin Blanc
3.5 Stars
“Lovely fresh fruit on 15, lime & passionfruit, showing mouthwatering zesty intensity.”
2012 Pinotage
4.5 Stars
“From bushvines. Intense blueberries & Morello cherries, an intriguing smoky nuance without making it darker, succulent fruit the hero in 12.”
2011 Pinotage
4.5 Stars
“Perfectly judged oaking, a fine tannin structure for cellaring – but delicious already.”

Press Clips

Chenin Kings on the Beach Chenin.co.za, May 3 2017

Wine of Origin at It’s Best April 2017

Record prices at Cape Winemakers Guild 2016 Auction Cape Winemakers Guild, October 2016

Starts of the 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Wine Enthusiast, October 2016

2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction: Wines to Watch Decanter, September 2016

Vintage Specifications

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Shelf Talkers

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