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 Lowry's Pass. Soils are predominantly Table Mountain sandstone imparting an ethereal scent to both Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.
The vineyards crop at between 6 and 11t/ha and the grapes are harvested at various degrees of ripeness from 20.5 to 23 degrees balling, depending on acid, pH, flavour intensity and profile. All grapes are hand harvested.
The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and pumped via mash cooler directly into our inert (oxygen free) press. Free-run and press juices were separated and settled overnight before being racked off the heavy lees and inoculated for fermentation with selected wine yeasts for fermentation at around 15 degrees Celsius in stainless steel tanks. 5.5% of the wine ferments in barrel. After fermentation the wine was blended, stabilised and bottled in July 2019.
The wine has a vibrant light straw colour with flecks of green on the rim. There is an abundance of green melon, green apples, subtle lemongrass and granadilla on the nose. The wine enters the palate with concentrated flavours reminiscent of the nose. This finish is refreshing and crisp with a slight oyster shell salinity that makes it quite moreish.
This wine is best enjoyed cold on a hot summer's day. Either on its own or it can be served with grilled chicken, fish, prawns or fresh oysters.