Thursday, September 28, 2017

MENU's Wine of the Week. Ataraxia Serenity 2015

Kevin Grant at Ataraxia makes this interesting red blend which he calls Serenity. We have been fans for many years and bought many bottles, some still in our cellar. But until now Kevin kept us all guessing as to what was in the blend

With this new release he has finally let us know that it is a blend of Pinot Noir, Cinsault (aka Hermitage) and Pinotage. We were at the tasting room on the holiday Monday, tasted it and, again, could not resist buying some. The concept of blending the two grapes that were crossed to make Pinotage and then including Pinotage in the final blend is amusing

The wine is full of berry fruit, lots of sophistication in the making; layered and complex, it gives a lot on the nose and the palate. Did we spot the Pinotage? No, because not many Pinotages are made in this excellent style - we wish there were more. Yes, drink it with good food, now, and yes, you can keep it for many years, as we have in our cellar. This year it is friendly too, with lighter tannins and wood

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