Tokara Director’s Reserve White is a blend of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Sémillon, made from grapes grown on the highest slopes of the Stellenbosch property. The wine displays a pale straw colour with striking brilliance that catches the light. The nose is complex, exhibiting attractive notes of ripe passion fruit and pink grapefruit all intermingled with hints of lemon grass and freshly baked brioche. On the palate the wine enters full and rich reminiscent of the aromas on the nose. Aged nine months on the lees in one-third new French oak, the wine has amazing clarity and depth with a zesty persistence. Tokara Director’s Reserve White is best served with creamy seafood dishes or grilled white fish.
The grapes were de-stemmed 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 in this wine. The juice was then inoculated and sent to 400L barrels for fermentation. All the barrels used were French oak of which 29 % was new. After fermentation the barrels were topped and left on the lees for 9 months with regular lees stirring. The wine was blended in November, stabilised, filtered and bottled soon after. The wine spent a total of 9 months in barrel.
At the center of the Cape Winelands lies the Simonsberg mountain, a fynbos-rich massif, home to exceptional vineyards since the 17th century. It’s on the southern slopes, with unrivalled views over False Bay to Table Mountain, that you will find TOKARA’s home vineyards and olive groves. At TOKARA they focus on two of the greatest grape varieties in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc. Their Highlands 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 their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.