Tokara, Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2017South Africa, Stellenbosch
The grapes for this wine originated from Tokara's premium vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain just outside of Stellenbosch.
'94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Matured for 22 months in French oak, 44% new. Beautiful aromatics of red and black berries, some pleasant herbal character and a hint of vanilla. The palate is full bodied with dense fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Possessing layers of flavour, the finish long and dry, this is a very stylish offering.' – Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020 Report, 95/100
'Top cab gets best care: wild ferment in combo tank & foudre, 22 months French oak (63% new), no fining, filtration. Splashes petit verdot, cab franc. 2017 svelte, tight, built to age, but essentials in place: cassis, graphite, cigarbox. Yet more presence than 2016 (4.5 stars, 94 pts).' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)
''Stellenbosch and Cabernet Sauvignon are synonymous,' says Karl Lambour. 'You get finesse in this area.' You do indeed, especially in a vintage like 2017. Aged in 44% new wood, this is a textbook expression of the grape, all dried herbs, mint and blackcurrant leaf, with fine tannins, impressive focus and depth and stylish oak. Drink 2022-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 94/100
'The wine displays a vibrant maroon colour. The nose leads with classic graphite notes, black cherry and briary fruits interwoven with aromas of five spice and cedar wood. There is a freshness underscoring these aromas with hints of fresh herbs and red currant. The palate is pleasantly full bodied with flavours mirroring aromas all leading to a multilayered persistent finish.' – Tokara
Alc: 14.9% | RS: 2.7 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.48
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.
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