Winemaker Stuart Botha

Tokara vineyards bathed in light

It does seem peculiar to be talking about wine under these extraordinary circumstances BUT this too will pass and then we will want to know what has been happening— it will be like a dream that has passed. In the meantime I am a firm believer in HOPE which springs eternal in the human breast. This applies to everything, especially to one of life’s great pleasures —wine. With that in mind here is some news from those irrepressible people at Tokara, one of the great treasures of the wine lands.

After harvest time, when the cooler weather begins to waft in, it’s time to switch from crisp summer quaffers to a more textured autumn wine. Tokara’s new Chardonnay vintage just released by this family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, has all the appeal of a vibrant wine with its fresh citrus character, yet comforts with a layered, creamy texture.  Fermented and aged in predominantly older oak barrels, Tokara Chardonnay 2018 is refreshing and pleasantly dry with mouth filling creaminess.

“Aromas of ripe quince and orange blossom spring from your glass, complemented by warming whiffs of brioche and almonds. The palate comes alive with fresh clementine, grapefruit and hints of ginger spice, melding seamlessly with the creamy, rounded texture. The Chardonnay shows immense complexity from the discreet use of oak,” says winemaker Stuart Botha.

The wine is crafted from Tokara’s cool climate Elgin vineyards and vines growing in ancient decomposed granitic soils on the foothills of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. It’s a perfect taste partner with fish and chicken, and a winner as an aperitif.

Tokara Chardonnay 2018 has a cellar door price of R110 per bottle. Purchase online at for delivery after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.