Tokara, Reserve Collection Chardonnay 750ml 2019South Africa, Stellenbosch
'Fermented and matured for nine months in French oak, 36% new. A super-complex nose with notes of burnt matchstick, lemon and orange plus attractive oak. The palate is rich and intensely flavoured but equally possesses a lovely line of acidity while the finish is long and saline. Powerful without sacrificing intricacy.' – Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020 Report, 95/100
'Chardonnay often slips under the radar at Tokara, such is the impressive quality of the rest of the range. Essentially a single vineyard wine located at 360 metres, this is a brilliant first release from Stuart Botha: mealy, taut and well balanced, with subtle, flinty reduction, scented 36% new wood and some texture from 40% malolactic. Drink 2020-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100
'This wine display’s a vibrant golden colour. Aromas of lemon curd, honeysuckle, oatmeal and toasted brioche emanate from the glass. The wine enters the palate with bold, ripe yellow citrus flavours leading to a creamy mid-palate with subtle vanilla, star anise and toasted almond. There is a continuous saline focus and feeling of freshness throughout. A wine of restrained power and finesse.' – Tokara
Alc: 13.8% | RS: 1.4 g/L | TA: 6.4 g/L | PH: 3.28
Tokara has been consistently recognised as one of South Africa’s top wineries. It is situated on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg mountain in the Cape Winelands with views over False Bay to Table Mountain. In addition to its vineyards, Tokara also has olive groves and produces and sells olive oil.
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.4 g/L | TA: 6.4 g/L | PH: 3.28|
|Blend information||100% Chardonnay|
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