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Last week Tokara introduced us to their latest vintages at a great function at elegant Ellerman House in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. On hand was owner GT Ferreira, the urbane GM Karl Lambour and wine maker Stuart Botha. Needless to say, the wines themselves were spectacular and certainly did full justice to the setting.

Masterpieces in the making

Some of them we tasted were the new Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2020. Sumptuous and full, the flavour profile of classic graphite notes, black cherry and briary fruits interwoven with cassis and five spice, follow through onto the palate ending with a multi-layered, persistent finish.


Directors Reserve Red


Director’s Reserve Red 2020, a consummate blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec in a supportive role. This vibrant, richly textured wine enters the palate with incredible clarity and focus leaving a mouthful of dark cherries, blackberries and ripe plum skin and a lengthy finish.

Winemaker Stuart Botha


Tokara’s flagship white wine, the Director’s Reserve White 2020 is a classic Sauvignon blanc/Semillon blend with amazing clarity and depth. Passionfruit and pink grapefruit intermingle with hints of cassis and freshly toasted brioche. The wine is full and rich with a zesty persistence.


Tokara Elgin Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is another triumph of aromatic intensity and sheer vinous enjoyment from Tokara’s cool climate Elgin vineyards ending with a lingering saline finish.


Directors Reserve Syrah


The Tokara Reserve Collection Syrah 2019 is a fine example of a classically styled wine that melds the best of old and new world attributes. The nose leads with notes of ripe plum, violets and baking spice all continuing to a classy, refined silky palate with rich dark fruit and an appealing chalky finish with a hint of pepper.

Magnificent Telos


At the pinnacle of the farm’s original focus variety, Tokara has just released TELOS 2017, the third vintage of this ultimate expression of Tokara excellence. This limited release thoroughbred Cabernet Sauvignon is praised internationally for its complexity and sheer class from a harvest widely considered as one of the best the Cape has ever produced. UK wine commentator Tim Atkin awarded the 2017 vintage 97 points while fellow UK wine critic Neil Martin describes the wine as harmonious with a creamy Margaux-like finish, seductive in its youth with the potential to evolve over the next 20-30 years. At R4800 in its beautiful presentation casket, one is almost afraid to open it—almost!

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