New Tokara double gold vintage toasts 50th year of Cap Classique


TOKARA, the prestigious family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cap Classique with a double gold medal awarded in France for the new 2013 blanc de blancs vintage.

Claiming its rightful place on the international stage as a South African Cap Classique, Tokara’s 2013 vintage garnered 93/100 points at the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge held annually by one of France’s leading wine guides.

The third offering of this consummate Méthode Cap Classique was crafted entirely from Tokara’s outstanding cool climate Chardonnay vineyard in Elgin. The extraordinary depth of flavour, elegance and complexity of the 2013 vintage can be attributed to barrel maturation of the base wine for eight months followed by seven years on the lees in the bottle to develop richness and finesse.

The mousse is exceptionally fine and consistent, enlivened by aromas of lightly toasted almonds, lemon preserve and a hint of fresh green apple. These zesty aromas are enriched on the palate by freshly baked gougère.

“The finest of bubblies, the palate is a wonderful interplay between silky fluidity, crystalline acidity and fine mousse. It is incredibly moreish and will leave you yearning for another sip,” says winemaker Stuart Botha.

The dashing Tokara Cap Classique is set apart by its unusual bottle, specially designed to lend gravitas and sophistication. Exquisite gift packaging completes the narrative making this the perfect gift for a celebration. 

Tokara Cap Classique 2013 is available at the Tokara Tasting Lounge and is well worth the cellar door price of R650. For online purchases, visit

In other news, Tokara excelled at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards with two gold medals and all five wines entered in the competition breaking the venerable 90 point barrier.

Tokara’s two gold medallists are the Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 with a score of 96/100 and the Director’s Reserve White 2018 notching up 95 points.

The other Tokara wines that shone at the Decanter awards are the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (93), the Director’s Reserve Red 2018 (92) and Tokara Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique 2013 (92).

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