TOKARA triumph in Tim Atkin SA Special Report

TOKARA’s forward thinking vision and commitment to excellence has been richly rewarded with no less than nine wines crossing the 90 point threshold and three cracking the 95+ elite rating in Tim Atkin’s highly regarded 2018 South African Special Report.

Top scorer on 97/100 is TOKARA’s super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon driven pinnacle, Telos 2015, followed by the flagship TOKARA Director’s Reserve Red 2014 and Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, both on 96 points. All three these wines are included in what Atkin considers his “wines of the year” – a collection he believes that would compare with the best of any other wine-producing country.

Cabernet Sauvignon has been the cornerstone of TOKARA’s red wines from day one after owners GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira acquired the farm, and their vineyards on the Simonsberg consistently produce consummate award winning wines, considered true expressions of the TOKARA terroir.

Atkin awarded TOKARA’s ultra-elegant MCC Blanc de Blancs 2011 94 points followed by the Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2016 and the Reserve Collection Syrah 2014, both on 93. The Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was rated 92 points while the TOKARA Shiraz 2016 attained 90.

“This acknowledgement by a highly respected UK Master of Wine close on the heels of TOKARA’s ranking amongst the World’s Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands for 2018 by UK-based Drinks International, speaks of our prowess creating remarkable, terroir-driven wines that express a true sense of place,” says Karl Lambour, general manager. 

Atkin, an accomplished wine commentator with extensive experience when it comes to South Africa, tasted almost 1 980 local wines for his 2018 South African Special Report, now in its seventh year and his largest yet.

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More about TOKARA

TOKARA Wine and Olive Estate is situated in a magnificent setting near the historic town of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s Western Cape wine region.

Framed by vineyards and olive groves, TOKARA is a highly regarded tourist destination that offers visitors elegant, award winning wines, two beautiful restaurants, an art gallery and sculpture garden as well as some of the best South African Extra Virgin olive oil.

The winery is perched on top of the Helshoogte Pass with panoramic views of False Bay and Table Mountain and is portrayed against a backdrop of the majestic Simonsberg.

TOKARA produces incredible red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the cornerstone varieties of the estate and one that has been part of TOKARA since the first harvest in 2000. The TOKARA Director’s Reserve Red and TOKARA Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon are a true reflection of everything the estate stands for: refinement, elegance and balance. The other focus variety is Sauvignon blanc. The winemaker meticulously selects a single vineyard block to create the Director’s White, a classic Bordeaux blend with Semillon, and the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from the TOKARA property in Elgin. This particular property was chosen purely on site as some of the best cool climate Sauvignon blanc wines, in perfect balance with fresh acidity and purity of fruit, originate from this area.  TOKARA Reserve Chardonnay also contributes to South Africa’s formidable reputation for these sought-after wines. And finally, the TOKARA Reserve Syrah from a single vineyard on the estate completes the offering. Wines from TOKARA’s four signature grape varieties are available in two ranges. The more accessible and lifestyle focussed estate range is essentially fruit driven, while the more complex Reserve range comprises terroir specific, single vineyard wines in limited volumes.

TOKARA’s vision of producing some of the best wines in the world necessitates an exact focus with no room for compromise and the dedicated team always strives towards this goal.  Being included in the 2018 list of the Most Admired Wine Brands in the World by Drinks International echoes this commitment.

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