Weekend Wined Up: Tokara Wine Estate
When two very good friends announced an impromptu road trip from Jozi to Cape Town on Christmas eve, it suffices to say that I was hard pressed for time to organise an epic day out. Fortunately, a day in the Cape Winelands delivers a diverse array of fun stuff to do while you drink noteworthy wines and feast on mouthwatering dishes. On this occassion we opted for a last minute journey through Franschhoek and Stellenbosch where we explored the Sundial at the Hugeunot Museum, popped in for a lip smacking fish and chips at ………………..only to end the day off at the Franschhoek Wine Estate with a cheese platter, yummy wine and miles of good laughter.
We stopped off at Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch to enjoy some internationally acclaimed wines, breathtaking contemporary architecture with complementary nibbles for just R100.
Award Winning Wines We Tried
The Director’s Reserve (white) – Origin: Stellenbosch – Estate: Tokara
Wine Description: A blend of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon. Intense and pungent aromas of cassis, passion fruit and lemongrass on the nose with a subtle hint of toasted brioche.
Avg. Rating Out of 5: 2 (There were 4 of us)
The Reserve Collection (Chardonnay) – Origin: Stellenbosch
Wine Description: A vibrant wine with intense aromas of lemon blossom , lemon zest and honeysuckle. the underlying notes of toasted brioche and roasted almonds are heady and intense.
Avg. Rating Out of 5: 3
The Collectors Release (Grenache) – Origin: Walker Bay
Wine Description: This wine displays a stunning ruby red colour. The nose has beautiful, perfumed floral notes with hints of geranium and rose petals.
Avg. Rating Out of 5: 4
Good to know: 12% Shiraz / 88% Grenache. 18 Months in French Oak Barrels.
The Collectors Release (Pinotage) – Origin: Stellenbosch
Wine Description: This wine displays a deep garnet colour with a ruby red rim. The aromas on the nose are packed with dark cherries, cassis, blackberries and Khakibos. The palette is full of briary fruit flavours, smoked meats and a herbal finish. The tannins are firm and structured but lead to a fine lingering finish.
Avg. Rating Out of 5: 4
Good to know: 14 Months in New French Oak Barrels.
If you’re in the mood for scenery to take your breath away as you sip you way through internationally acclaimed wines in contemporary opulence Tokara Wine Estate is a number one choice.
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