Tokara, Director’s Reserve White 2017

Original price was: £28.00.Current price is: £24.00. (75cl)

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The soils are Oakleaf formed from decomposed granite with colluvial sandstone. With a high fraction of gravel and friable granite. South and South-West aspects ranging from 360 to 540 meters above sea level. The vines cropped between 7 and 10 tons per hectare. The grapes were hand-picked at optimal flavour ripeness at sugars between 22.5 and 23.5 brix and acidities of 6 g/l to 8.5 g/l. 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. 16380 bottles were produced.

Tasting note

This 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. The wine has amazing clarity and depth with a zesty persistence.

About the producer

Tokara prides itself on making wines that are site specific, produced from their picturesque, prime location vineyards on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, the Highlands in the Elgin district and Siberia in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus. High altitude sites with cool temperatures contribute to the restrained and elegant style of winemaker Miles Mossop.

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A blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon, the 2017 Director's Reserve White begins with classic herbal and green pepper notes from the Sauvignon Blanc with underripe apricot and pineapple. The palate is mineral driven with a waxy, leesy texture, the Sémillon making its debut. It is well structured and complex with a long finish. It aged nine months on the lees in one-third new French oak. (Anthony Mueller) Points: 90. Issue Date: 31/10/2019