Tokara Reserve Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

Please note this is the superior Elgin Sauvignon Blanc from Tokara's Reserve range, not the Stellenbosch Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Awaiting awards info for the 2017.

Tokara is a large privately owned winery on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek. The grapes for this wine are sourced from premium vineyards on their farm in Elgin, then refrigerated and transported straight to the winery for processing.

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This 100% Sauvignon blanc is made from grapes grown on Tokara’s Highlands farm in Elgin.


The vines cropped between 5 to 8 tons a hectare. The grapes were hand-picked at optimal flavour ripeness at sugars between 21.5 and 23.0 brix and acidities of 7.5 g/l to 9.0 g/l. The grapes were then transported in a closed truck to our winery on The Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch.


The grapes were destemmed and crushed and pressed immediately in our inert press. The press juice and free run juice were kept separate and settled overnight, before the clean juice was racked off. Only the free run juice from the best blocks is used for the Reserve Collection Sauvignon blanc. The juice was fermented at 15 degrees Celsius in stainless steel tanks with selected wine yeast. After fermentation the wine was sulphured and left on the lees for five months with regular lees stirring before stabilization and bottling. 28 000 bottles were produced.


The wine displays a beautiful pale straw colour with a hint of green. The nose is subtle and perfumed. The aromas are that of nettles, lemongrass, green figs and cape gooseberries. The wine enters the palate with amazing clarity and freshness. The characters are typical of that of a cool climate Sauvignon blanc with gooseberry and guava fruit characters and a textured minerality on the mid. The finish is clean, fresh and persistent.

More Information
Location Stellenbosch, South Africa
Winery Tokara
Winery status Large privately owned winery
Winemaker Miles Mossop
Annual production Low
Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
Product awards 6 Nations Trophy, 90 Points Parker, 93 Points Tim Atkin, 91 Points Stephen Tanzer
Gold Medals
Style Crisp, fruity and dry
ABV 14
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2017
Percentage score 90
Sulphite level Medium Low
John's Rating
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