Tokara Reserve Collection Chardonnay


for the equivalent of £19.75 a bottle

Grower: Tokara
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Style: Creamy and Toasty
Country: South Africa
Appellation: Elgin / Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2020/21
Closure: STELVIN
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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A vibrant golden straw colour. The bouquet has intense aromas of lemon blossom, lemon zest and honeysuckle. The underlying notes of toasted brioche and roasted almonds are heady and intense. The palate is full and rich in flavour emulating the aromas on the bouquet. The flavours are reminiscent of lemon drops and white pepper with a rich creamy mid palate from the ageing on the lees on barrel. The finish has toasted almond and spicy notes with a stunning freshness that lingers forever.

The winery, on the R310 outside Stellenbosch, is nestled among vineyards and olive groves on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass with sweeping views across False Bay and all the way to Table Mountain. Tokara prides itself on making wines that are site specific. Even though vineyards were initially planted on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain at the Stellenbosch property, two other farms, Highlands in the Elgin district and Siberia in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, were additionally acquired. In doing so Tokara is able to produce wines which express the distinct characteristics of these three prime wine producing regions. The Tokara farm was purchased in 1994 by GT Ferreira for residential purposes, but it wasn’t long before the great potential for planting vineyards was recognised and explored. Classic varietals were planted on the 400m above sea-level slopes. The cool air and low temperatures contribute to the excellent quality of Tokara wines. All viticulture procedures at Tokara strive to create a balance between the vegetative and reproductive qualities of the vine, which is beneficial to both the environment and the quality of the estate’s final product.



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