Tokara Winery

Tokara Winery  - Stellenbosch

07-Vineyards1TOKARA is a picture perfect destination which offers visitors a unique combination of award-winning wines, brandy and olive oils, a gallery of fine art, a restaurant featuring one of South Africa’s leading chefs as well as a delicatessen.

TOKARA prides itself on making wines that are site specific. Even though vineyards were initially planted on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain at the Stellenbosch property, two other farms, Highlands in the Elgin district and Siberia in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, were additionally acquired. In doing so TOKARA is able to produce wines which express the distinct characteristics of these three prime wine producing regions.

The TOKARA farm was purchased in 1994 by GT Ferreira for residential purposes, but it wasn’t long before the great potential for planting vineyards was recognised and explored. Classic varietals were planted on the 400m above sea-level slopes. The cool air and low temperatures contribute to the excellent quality of TOKARA Wines.

The wine production and marketing facility was designed to reflect the character of the wines themselves – innovative and distinctive. Spaces interact efficiently, with practicality being a core element. The winery’s operational layout incorporates cutting-edge technologies and computerised control systems to ensure all TOKARA wines meet the necessary standards of excellence.

The Wines:

Sauvignon Blanc

Chardonnay

Cabernet Sauvignon

Shiraz 

Reserve Collection:

Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

 Stellenbosch Chardonnay

Director's Reserve Red

Director's Reserve White

Tokara Winery Sauvignon Blanc

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Tokara Winery Sauvignon Blanc

Tokara Winery
Sauvignon Blanc

DESCRIPTION: This wine is made from grapes harvested from the TOKARA vineyards in Stellenbosch, Elgin and the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Walker Bay). The vineyards crop at between 4 and 10 t/ha and the grapes are harvested at various degrees of ripeness from 20.5 to 23 degrees balling, depending on acid, pH, flavour intensity and profile. A small portion of barrel fermented wine and 5% of Semillon is blended in to the wine.

GRAPE VARIETY: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillion

FOOD PAIRINGS: Best served cold and drunk as an aperitif or served with fresh summer foods such as fresh wild oysters, asparagus with hollandaise sauce or fresh grilled yellowtail with sauce verde.

TASTING NOTES: This wine has a stunning pale straw colour. The aromas are pungent and intense with notes of fresh cut grass, asparagus and passion fruit. There is an amazing intensity on the palate with flavours reminiscent of the palate. The mid palate is rich and powerful with a stunning fresh clean finish to the wine. Drink now through till 2014.

Wine Advocate - 88 Points

The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp, lime flower and nettle-scented bouquet with good intensity and definition. The palate is crisp with grassy, green fruit with good acidity and a pointed, citric and slightly herbaceous finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Fine.

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Tokara Winery Chardonnay

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Tokara Winery Chardonnay

Tokara Winery
Chardonnay

DESCRIPTION: The grapes originated from TOKARA’s three properties in Stellenbosch, Elgin and the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Walker Bay). There are also grapes bought in from neighbouring properties in the Banghoek Valley in Stellenbosch.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: A perfect pairing with fish and chicken dishes or served as an aperitif.

TASTING NOTES: The wine has a brilliant golden straw colour. The wine has upfront aromas ripe yellow fruits such as sweet melon, pineapple and yellow peaches. There are undertones of marzipan and toasted almonds that hints at the subtle oaking. The palate is fresh and crisp demonstrating the fruit aromas from the nose. The wine finishes crisp and with a hint of toastiness. Drink now through to 2015.

Wine Advocate - 88 Points

Undergoing 10% tank ferment with 12% new oak, the 2014 Chardonnay has quite a reserved nose with crisp green apple and fresh pear notes, with just a touch of stoniness developing with aeration. The palate is well defined, fresh and taut with light grassy, undergrowth notes that lift to a linear citric finish with a dab of sour lemon. Drink over the next 4-5 years.

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Tokara Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

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 Tokara Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon

DESCRIPTION: All the grapes originated from TOKARA’s vineyards in Stellenbosch, yielding between 4 and 8 t/ha. The 2009 harvest was a very hot and dry vintage. The harvest started early but finished late. Due to the abundant rains during the 2008 spring, we had a great deal of vigour in the canopies, which resulted in a large water demand at the end of ripening, which caused stress in the vineyards before harvest.

GRAPE VARIETY: A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 % Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec & 2% Merlot.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Enjoy with grilled veal chops or roast pork or a fantastic piece of steak. This wine will drink well now but will benefit from cellaring and be at its best from 2013 through to 2016.

TASTING NOTES: The wine has a dark plum colour, with a red rim. The nose shows intense notes of blueberries, black currants, christmas cake and cedar with underlying hints of toasted oak, lead pencil and mint. On the palate there is a great purity of fruit showing intense dark fruit notes with a hint of mocha and spice. The wine finishes with firm dry tannins and a lingering taste reminiscent of fennel and mocha.

Wine Advocate - 88 Points

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot, and sees around 15% to 18% new wood. It has a straight forward red berry, winegum-scented nose that is accessible and generous. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, nice and taut with a crisp line of acidity, touches of cedar and graphite on the finish. This is a well made, approachable, punter-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Tokara Winery Shiraz

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Tokara Winery Shiraz

Tokara Winery
Shiraz

DESCRIPTION: The TOKARA Premium wines are made from top quality grapes exclusively from our own vineyards. As a result a specific sense of place finds expression in the complexity and richness of the TOKARA wines. Balance, texture, elegance and the ability to age are distinctive traits of the TOKARA Premium range of wines.

GRAPE VARIETY: 88% Shiraz - 12% Mourvedre

FOOD PAIRINGS: Herb crusted lamb, pork belly or grilled ostrich served with roasted seasonal vegetables.

TASTING NOTES: The wine has a brilliant deep garnet colour. The nose of this wine is an interesting mix of bright pure fruit; mulberries and blackberries; and heady spicy notes with notes of five spice. There is also a floral undertone. The wine enters the palate with power, bursting with bright red and black fruit notes. There is a broad textured mid palate and a long finish of black pepper spice. The tannins are firm and the wine leaves with a sense of freshness. Drink now or keep till 2015.

Wine Advocate - 86 Points

The 2012 Shiraz is blended with 5% Mourvedre and includes 25% whole-bunch fruit. It has a simple bouquet with brambly black fruit and touches of sous bois. The palate is medium-bodied with chunky, chewy black fruit, but it is missing a little finesse and delineation on the finish. Not a bad Shiraz, but this feels a little rough-hewn.

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Tokara Winery Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

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Tokara Winery Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

Tokara Winery Reserve Collection
Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

DESCRIPTION: This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes grown on TOKARA’s Highlands farm in Elgin. The vines crop at around 5 tons/hectare. The 2010 vintage was our earliest in the 5 years we have made wine from this vineyard.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

FOOD PAIRINGS: This wine is best savoured with delicate foods such as white asparagus with a hollandaise sauce, tuna cerviche, backed salmon with a dill & cream dressing served with roasted fennel bulb, fresh oysters or seared tuna. This wine drinks well immediately after release but will be at its best 2 to 5 years after harvest.

TASTING NOTES: This wine displays a brilliant pale straw colour with flecks of lime green. At first there are upfront aromas of steamed white asparagus, nettles and lemongrass with undertones of green figs and sweet peas. The palate is crisp and fre sh with intense flavours of fresh steamed white asparagus and roasted fennel bulb intertwined with cassis, green figs and mineral notes. The mid-palate is focused, but not mouth-filling with a crisp mineral finish which goes on forever.

Wine Advocate - 90 Points

The 2014 Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc comes from Tokara's own farm and fermented with cultured yeast, aged for five months on the lees. It has a touch more herbaceous fruit on the nose compared to its 2013 counterpart. The palate is citrus fresh with good acidity and plenty of tension and nervosité, the finish well defined, though just missing the weight of the previous vintage.

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Tokara Winery Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay

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Tokara Winery Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay

Tokara Winery Reserve Collection
Stellenbosch Chardonnay

DESCRIPTION: The grapes originated from three vineyards in close proximity to each other on the south facing slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain on TOKARA’s Stellenbosch property. The vineyards are at altitudes of between 350 and 400 meters above sea level and the soil type is predominantly Oakleaf with various amounts of gravel and stone content.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: To be enjoyed with food such as duck breast salad, quail with a saffron and citrus sauce. Grilled game fish and veal are good meals to pair with this wine.

TASTING NOTES: The wine displays a brilliant golden straw color. The aromas are that of ripe summer fruits, lemon zest and a touch of toasted almonds. There is a certain white floral fragrance to the wine with a hint of marzipan and a touch of flintiness. The wine enters the palate reminiscent of the summer fruits on the nose. The mid palate has a creamy texture and the wine finishes with lime freshness and a touch of toasted notes, which lingers. Drink now but the wine will reward with cellaring for a further 5 to 6 years from vintage.

Wine Advocate - 93 Points

The 2014 Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc comes from Tokara's own farm and fermented with cultured yeast, aged for five months on the lees. It has a touch more herbaceous fruit on the nose compared to its 2013 counterpart. The palate is citrus fresh with good acidity and plenty of tension and nervosité, the finish well defined, though just missing the weight of the previous vintage.

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Tokara Winery Director's Reserve Red

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Tokara Winery Director's Reserve Red

Tokara Winery
Director's Reserve Red

DESCRIPTION: The grapes originated from TOKARA’s premium vineyards on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain. Only grapes from the best blocks and from the best parts of these blocks are used. The average yield is between 3 and 10 t/ha.

GRAPE VARIETY: This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Petit Verdot 20%, Merlot 8% and Malbec 5%.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Veal Osso Bucco or Grilled fillet steak served with red wine sauce, bone marrow, shallots and French fries.

TASTING NOTES: This wine has a deep dark inky garnet colour with a touch of red brick evident on the rim. This is an intensely complex wine with high toned fruit, perfumed aromas and spice dominating the nose. Here are notes of black currant, Christmas cake and a hint of mint. The palate is full and rich, mirroring the nose with flavours of Christmas cake, cassis and spice, layered with cedar and a eucalyptus finish. The tannins are fine and velvety with certain freshness and focus on the finish. This wine drinks well now but will benefit from ageing until 2018.

Wine Spectator - 91 Points

A dark, winey Cabernet, with lots of currant, fig and blackberry fruit allied to a racy graphite spine and carrying through a sleek, toasted, grilled herb-tinged finish. Approachable now, but has the guts to cellar for a bit. Drink now through 2019. 600 cases imported. –JM

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Tokara Winery Director's Reserve White

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Tokara Winery Director's Reserve White

Tokara Winery
Director's Reserve White

DESCRIPTION: The grapes originated from TOKARA’s property in Stellenbosch. The 2011 Vintage was a stunning vintage for white grapes in the Stellenbosch Region. This was one of our earliest seasons on record. There were a few small heat waves in early January and February but most of the heat came after all the white grapes were picked. This resulted in elegant wines with beautiful perfume and fruit concentration.

GRAPE VARIETY: This is a blend of 71% Sauvignon Blanc and 29% Semillon.

FOOD PAIRINGS:This wine is best served with pan-seared scallops or fresh West Coast crayfish and homemade mayonnaise. It also pairs well with a grilled chicken breast salad. Can be drunk from 2013 but will age well until 2018.

TASTING NOTES: This wine has a brilliant golden straw colour. This is a complex yet elegant wine. The nose is vibrant with intense aromas of quince, lemongrass and passion fruit with underlying notes of toasted brioche and almonds. The palate is full and rich with intense yellow fruit and green fruit flavours beautifully balanced with the seamless oaking that is evident from slight toasty notes on the finish. The wine finishes with a stunning freshness with lingers almost indefinitely.

Wine Advocate - 90+ Points

90+ - The 2014 Director's Reserve White, a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, is raised for ten months in barrel with around 25% new wood. It has a lifted, lime and fresh pear-scented bouquet that needs another 12-18 months to open. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, nicely weighted in the mouth with hints of praline and nougat tincturing the citrus fruit. With its composed and refined finish, this is a delicious white blend that needs home in a cellar for another couple of years.

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