Tokara is a picture perfect destination which offers visitors a unique combination of award-winning wines, a range of olive oils and a five year old pot still brandy. The estate boasts a fine dining restaurant which is ranked among South Africa's best and an informal delicatessen. The property also has fine artwork displayed throughout the property for the enjoyment of its patrons.
Situated 50km to the east of Table Mountain, the TOKARA "home farm" is rested on the Simonsberg side of the Banghoek Valley, at elevations of between 350m and 550m. Soil profiles are of weathered sandstone and decomposed granite, the combination lending structure, perfume and longevity to our wines.
The highland vineyard lies to the south of Stellenbosch in Elgin, a cool-climate area atop Sir Lowryâ€™s Pass. Soils are predominantly Table Mountain sandstone imparting an ethereal scent to both Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.
This wine is 100% Shiraz from a single block made up of 2 clones. The block is located on our Tokara farm on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, just outside of Stellenbosch. The average yield is around 10 t/ha.
The grapes are hand picked and loaded into a cold store where they are chilled down to approximately 6ºC. 25% of the grapes are first loaded whole bunch into the tank. The remainder are de-stemmed and crushed directly into tanks for fermentation without the use of pumps. There is first a period of cold maceration for up to 5 days before the fermentation starts spontaneously (without the use of selected yeast strains). The fermentation took place in wooden upright (foudre) fermenters. Pump-overs, dellastage and punching down of the cap were implemented twice a day for extraction until fermentation was completed. The tanks were given maceration post fermentation if the quality and tannin profile of the wine warranted it. The wines were put to barrel for malolactic fermentation after which they were racked, sulphured and put back to barrel for a further maturation. The wines spent a total of twenty months in 20% new French oak, Demi Muid barrels and the rest were older French barrels. There are minimal rackings during maturation. The wine matures on its gross lees for around 10 months after which it is racked at the time of blending. The wine is then matured for a further 12 months (total of 22 months) before being racked again just before bottling. The wine was bottled unfiltered and without fining in January 2018. 4066 bottles were produced
The wine displays a stunning deep purple colour with a ruby red rim. The nose leads with notes of ripe blueberries and blackberries inter meshed with subtle clove spice. There are aromas of cedar and vanilla giving a beautiful perfume which supports the hint of blue violets emanating from the glass. The palate is classy and refined with rich dark fruit and a silky mid-palate. The wine leaves one with an appealing chalky finish and a hint of pepper spice.
Grilled lamb cutlets with rosemary, venison stew or even suckling pig.