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 for delivery after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.