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Ratings & Reviews

2018 Neal Martin, South Africa Report
2017 Chardonnay95+
“Kevin’s Chardonnay has always been the standout for me, unequivocally one of the best in South Africa and very Burgundian in style, seriously up there at Premier Cru level.”

2018 Tim Atkin, South Africa Report
2017 Chardonnay95+

2017 Tim Atkin, South Africa Report
2016 ChardonnayWine of the Year, 96 Points
Kevin Grant is a Chardonnay wizard who seems to have an innate feel for the variety. This is even better than the 2015 (and there aren’t many wines that can be said of), showing a lovely combination of spicy oak, mid-palate texture, citrus-like acidity and a long, mealy finish. A Cape Chardonnay with Burgundian levels of complexity. 2018-24

2015 Pinot Noir91 Points
The second official release of Ataraxia Pinot (previous vintages were sold at the cellar door) confirms the promise of the 2014. Pale in colour, minty and refreshing, with plenty of perfume and light-bodied red cherry and pomegranate flavours. 2017-19

2017 (April), Decanter
2015 Chardonnay96 Points
Tim Atkin MW, John Hoskins MW & Greg Sherwood MW, Top South African Chardonnay Tasted

2017 Wine Advocate South Africa Report
2016 Sauvignon Blanc91 Points
2015 Chardonnay93 Points
2015 Pinot Noir92 Points
2015 Serenity91 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 Chardonnay4.5 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.”

Wine Enthusiast
2016 Chardonnay93 Points
2016 Pinot Noir92 Points
2015 Pinot Noir93 Points

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


Ratings & Reviews

2018 Rosé Rocks Awards
Double Gold

2018 Tim Atkin, South Africa Report
Mourvèdre Rosé90 points

2017 Tim Atkin, South Africa Report
2017 Chenin Blanc88 points
2017 Mourvèdre Rosé89 points
2016 Babel Red89 points

2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
2014 NebukadnesarGold Medal (95/100)
2016 Mourvèdre RoséDWWA Silver Medal (90/100), IWC Bronze

2017 Platters
2016 Mourvèdre Rosé3 Stars
2015 Babel Red4 Stars
2014 Nebukadnesar4 Stars
2013 Nebukadnesar4 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.”

Press Clips

Try the Babylonstoren Babel, which might get you talking about the quality of South African wines, July 2019

Three Stars for Babylonstoren’s Rosé, April 2019

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


Ratings & Reviews

2017 Platters
2016 Chenin Blanc3.5 Stars
“Earliest-drinking of the chenins. Thanks to old bush vines 16 remains variety-true with quince & melon purity, focused acidity.” (2016 Chenin Blanc)
2013 Pinotage4.5 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 Blanc3.5 Stars
“Lovely fresh fruit on 15, lime & passionfruit, showing mouthwatering zesty intensity.”
2012 Pinotage4.5 Stars
“From bushvines. Intense blueberries & Morello cherries, an intriguing smoky nuance without making it darker, succulent fruit the hero in 12.”
2011 Pinotage4.5 Stars
“Perfectly judged oaking, a fine tannin structure for cellaring – but delicious already.”

Press Clips

Chenin Kings on the Beach, 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


Ratings & Reviews

2018 Tim Atkin, South African Report
Traditional Brut NV92 points
Best Value Sparkling Wine of the Year

2018 Platters
Traditional Brut NV4 Stars

2017 Tim Atkin, South African Report
Traditional Brut NV91 points
Best value for a sparkling wine in South Africa

2017 Veritas

2017 SA Wine Index
95+points (Platinum)

2017 IWSC

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