Tokara Reserve Collection new releases
By Christian Eedes, 1 September 2016
Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016
5% fermented in old large-format barrels. A very forthcoming nose showing everything from buchu to lime, honeydew melon and granadilla. Rich and full – super-concentrated fruit makes for nicely coated acidity and some paprika bite on the finish adds interest. Rock ‘n roll.
Tokara Reserve Collection Syrah 2013
25% whole-bunch fermented. Matured for 22 months in French oak, 31% new. A seductive nose of red fruit, roses and lavender, pepper and spice. The palate is very fruit forward with moderate acidity and soft tannins. Carries its 15% alcohol well.
Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Matured for 22 months in French oak, 48% new. Cranberry, red cherry, fynbos and oak spice on the nose. Medium to full bodied, good fruit delineation, fresh acidity and fine tannins – a carefully judged wine.
Tokara Reserve Collection Noble Late Harvest 2014
Price: R285 per 375ml bottle
Mainly from Elgin Sauvignon Blanc but includes a small portion of Semillon. Fermented and matured for eight months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 33% new. Green and yellow apple, apricot, honey, mushroom and a subtle herbal note in the background. Great concentration but equally great freshness, a saline quality to the finish. Executed with precision.
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