Yesterday some of the new releases from Tokara in Stellenbosch. Scores and tasting notes below:
Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2012: 16/20
59% Elgin, 24% Stellenbosch and 17% Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Slight reduction on the nose. Good fruit expression – lime, apple and green melon. Really fresh acidity. Seamless.
Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2011: 18/20
71% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Semillon. Fermented and matured for nine months in French oak barrels. Lime and green melon notes, hints of vanilla and flint. Great poise – pure fruit, well integrated acidity, creamy texture. Subtle and sophisticated. Drink now – 2016.
Tokara Pinotage 2010: 16.5/20
Matured for 20 months in French oak, 100% new. Very aromatic – red and black fruit, slight fynbos note. Very concentrated on the palate – loads of fruit, moderate acidity, relatively soft tannins. Slightly hot finish (14.98% abv). Exotic and unrestrained, a real counterpoint to the rest of the range.
Tokara Noble Late Harvest 2011: 16/20
Price: R210 (375ml)
Fermented and matured for nine months, 20% new. Apricot through pineappl plus a hint of vanilla on the nose and palate. Rich and broad, smooth textured, perhaps lacking a little verve.
The two 2011 Reserve Collection Chardonnays (one from Stellenbosch, the other from Walker Bay) will be reviewed as part of the second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented by Sanlam Private Investments, results to be made public in October.