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Tokara Directors Reserve Red

Top 100 SA Wines

90 Points Parker

94 Points Tim Atkin

92 Points Stephen Tanzer

Tokara Directors Reserve Red is a lovely Bordeaux blend. Tokara is a large high profile winery on the Helshootge Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek, making some good wines in their reserve range. This Directors Reserve red regularly picks up top scores and awards as does the Directors Reserve white. We've been impressed by all their reserve range.

Full of black and red fruit flavours with some heat typical of South African Bordeaux blends. Good acidity and great overall balance.

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Tokara Directors Reserve Red

Top 100 SA Wines

90 Points Parker

94 Points Tim Atkin

92 Points Stephen Tanzer

Tokara is a large high profile winery on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek.

Tokara Directors Reserve Red Blend 2012

ORIGIN This wine is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet franc. The grapes originated from TOKARA's premium vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain.

CROPPING AND HARVEST Only grapes from the best blocks and from the best parts of these blocks are used. The grapes were handpicked at optimal ripeness between 9th March and the 11th April.

WINEMAKING The grapes were de-stemmed, before being passed across a sorting table for the removal of all unwanted material and then crushed directly into tanks for fermentation without the use of pumps. There is first a period of cold maceration of up to 5 days before the fermentation starts spontaneously The grapes were fermented in stainless steel and 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 wines were then put to barrel for malolactic fermentation after which they were racked and put back to barrel for a further maturation. The wines spent a total of twentytwo months in 57% new French oak.

WINEMAKER'S TASTING NOTE This wine has a stunning depth of colour displaying an intense garnet centre and a ruby rim. The nose is shy at first, but then opens up to a melange of red and black fruits with hints of dried herbs, Eucalyptus, cedar wood and graphite. The wine enters the palate with amazing clarity. The flavours are those of dark cherries, raspberries and black currant.

More Information
Location Banhoek, Stellenbosch
Winery Tokara
Winery status Large privately owned winery
Winemaker Miles Mossop
Annual production Low
Grapes 72% Cab Sauv, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet franc
Product awards Top 100 SA Wines, 90 Points Parker, 94 Points Tim Atkin, 92 Points Stephen Tanzer
Gold Medals
Style Powerful Bordeaux style
ABV 14.5
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2012
Percentage score 91
Sulphite level Medium Low
John's Rating
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