Winemaker Miles Mossop, Viticulturist Aiden Morton and recently appointed General Manager Karl Lambour hosted an exclusive preview of Tokara’s new vintage releases at the iconic cellar at the end of August. Media personalities mixed and mingled on the veranda overlooking terraced vineyards while tweeting; instagramming and sipping on the 2016 Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc. This delicious wine is bursting with aromas of lemon and fig with nuances of dried herbs. The mouth-feel is full with a lingering fresh and dry finish. The Highlands vineyard in Elgin is aptly named as the site is 415 metres above sea level with fresh breezes from the ocean just 7 km away providing cool summer temperatures which are ideal for slow ripening Sauvignon Blanc. It was a good match for Chef Richard Carstens’ starter of cured home smoked trout, sushi rice, trout crackling with roast bone vinaigrette and herb salsa.
|Aiden in the vineyard|
|Karl in the cellar|
|Chef Richard Carstens|
The afternoon was relaxed as waiters poured samplings of the 2013 Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Reserve Collection Shiraz. Both wines are stunning examples of the ethos and commitment to quality for which Tokara has become renowned. It was however the Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2005 that really roused my senses. Director’s Reserve showcases grapes from the best blocks and from the best parts of these blocks from premium vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains. The grapes are allowed to ferment naturally without addition of commercial yeasts allowing a slow fermentation resulting in full, rich complex wines. Only 20 000 bottles were produced. 15 cases of the remarkable wine were auctioned at the 42nd Nederburg Auction on the 16th September 2016 for the handsome price of R6000 per 6-bottle case. Another Tokara star, the Tokara Siberia Chardonnay 2015, goes under the hammer at the 32nd Cape Winemaker’s Guild Auction on the 1st October at Spier Wine Estate.
Make a point of stopping atop the Helshoogte Pass and be tempted to visit the child friendly Tokara Deli where you can enjoy local and imported charcuterie; award winning cheeses; home-made chicken pies; freshly baked bread and so much more. Or browse the gallery with its unique ‘Wine Made Art’ pieces and interesting stonework sculptures or just visit the tasting room to savour their award-winning wines.
Tokara is situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass en-route from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek. Tel: +2721 8085900 www.tokara.co.za