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Ataraxia 2018 Serenity Red (Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge)

Rating
92
Price
N/A
Winery
Variety
Wine Type
Red
Alcohol
N/A
Bottle Size
750 ml
Issue Date
9/1/2021
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A unique South African blend of a signature grape for the country, Pinotage, and its parents, Pinot Noir and Cinsault, this is light ruby in color and boasts lovely earthy aromatics of forest floor, red cherry, mentholated berry, red currant, pomegranate and a touch of cocoa. The palate is similarly light and ethereal, with a delicacy and juiciness that begs for thoughtful warm-weather enjoyment thanks to lively, mouthwatering waves of bright cherry and currant fruits and just a touch of cocoa decadence on the back. It's incredibly smashable now but should also hold well over the medium term. Lauren Buzzeo

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All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

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*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.

98-100

Classic
The Pinnacle of quality

94-97

Superb
A great achievement

90-93

Excellent
Highly recommended

87-89

Very Good
Often good value; well recommended

83-86

Good
Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value

80-82

Acceptable
Can be employed


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