Tokara wine rakes in ratings

It must be great to have a boss who’s clear on expectations, and specific on the measurement of success. A little intimidating though, when that boss is banking legend GT Ferreira and his brief is “I want to produce the best wine in the world – you have five years”.

It’s 2000 and FirstRand founder Ferreira has appointed Miles Mossop as the brand-new winemaker on his brand-new wine farm Tokara on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass above Stellenbosch – there’s no centuries-old heritage to build on, no long-established vines to work with, just a blank canvas (and money, lots of it, one assumes).

Seventeen harvests later, Mossop and his boss are clearly continuing to meet mutual expectations – the bulging trophy cabinet bears witness to that, as well as Ferreira’s famously realistic approach to wine farming: he’s often quoted as saying that in banking, ROE means return on equity, in wine it means “return on ego”.

The latest additions to the awards table are two Platter’s five-star ratings – for the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Director’s Reserve white – in the 2017 guide, launched last month.

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