The maiden vintage Tokara Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blanc 2011 is superb. From Chardonnay grown on this producer’s Elgin property, the wine spent five years on the lees. The nose shows a subtle aldehydic character as well as a hint of reduction, these two qualities playing off against each other to good effect while […]
In much awaited news, Karl Lambour, the general manager of Stellenbosch cellar Tokara, has informed Winemag.co.za that Stuart Botha, currently of Eagles Nest in Constantia, will replace the outgoing Miles Mossop as winemaker. Botha and Mossop will work the 2018 harvest together, Mossop’s notice period ending on 31 May.
Miles Mossop, outgoing winemaker at Stellenbosch cellar Tokara, says he has always sought a “sense of power and a sense of place” in the Cape Bordeaux red blend that is Director’s Reserve and a vertical from the maiden 2003 to current-release 2013 (from magnum) emphatically demonstrated this 2003 Alc: 14.02% 73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, […]
It’s been a helluva year for Tokara so far – the single best achiever at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards announced in April with three out of the 19 wines to rate 90-plus on the 100-point scale (these being the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chardonnay 2007 and Director’s Reserve Red 2007); the Reserve 2013 […]
Stellenbosch winery Tokara has announced that winemaker Miles Mossop will be leaving after 18 years to pursue opportunities to develop his own brand, Miles Mossop Wines. Mossop will remain part of the Tokara team for 2018 harvest while he hands over the baton to his successor.
The Pinotage from Stellenbosch cellar Tokara first came to light for me when the 2007 vintage was judged best in class at the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. That wine famously had an alcohol of over 15% and subsequent vintages have been in the same vein perhaps tending to be a bit overdone. The […]
Here are our seven most highly rated current-release wines of last month: JC Wickens Swerwer 2015 – 96 (read original review here) AA Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2014 – 95 (read original review here) DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Kershaw […]
Wine Cellar, our preferred wine merchant, has the following top-performing wines from the RisCura White Hot Wine Awards available for purchase: Tokara Director’s Reserve 2014 – 94 points Price: R260 Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista White 2014 – 93 points Price: R155 Gabriëlskloof Magdalena The Landscape Series 2015 – 87 points Price: R240