This is short notice but I just found out The Export Manager from my favorite South African winery is going to be in NJ next Thursday with some new releases. If you know wine you know that the Wine Advocate's opinion carries some weight. Here is what they said.
“Perched in the Helshoogt Pass in Stellenbosch, Tokara (@Tokara_ZA) is blessed with a stunning vista. All of Tokara’s wines are sourced from their own vineyards in Stellenbosch, Walker Bay and Elgin. Winemaker Miles Mossop (@MilesMossop) took me through their portfolio of wines that includes some of the finest Cabernet -based blends that I have tasted and a stunning Sauvignon Blanc.” - WINE ADVOCATE
I invite you to join us (((Me (@BobFerdon) and Mark Lester (@TheWineMark) as we enjoy the food of The Columbia Inn (@TheColumbiaInn))) with wines from one of South Africa's best producers. Check this place out! It's really UGLY! http://www.tokara.co.za/
Don't bring anything but a smile. your appetite, an open mind and $37 CASH...
RSVP's here are required.
We will taste:
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 - TASTING NOTES: This wine has a stunning pale straw colour. The aromas are pungent and intense with notes of fresh cut grass, asparagus and passion fruit. There is an amazing intensity on the palate with flavours reminiscent of the palate. The mid palate is rich and powerful with a stunning fresh clean finish to the wine. Drink now through till 2014. Press: 2011 Vintage: Tanzer-89 Pts, WS-89 Pts, WA-87 Pts.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 - TASTING NOTES: The wine has a dark plum colour, with a red rim. The nose shows intense notes of blueberries, black currants and cedar with underlying hints of toasted oak, lead pencil and mint. On the palate there is a great purity of fruit showing intense dark fruit notes with a hint of mocha and spice. The wine finishes with firm dry tannins and a lingering taste reminiscent of fennel and mocha. Press: 2010 Vintage: WA-89 Pts.
SHIRAZ 2010 - TASTING NOTES: The wine has a brilliant deep garnet colour. The nose of this wine is an interesting mix of bright pure fruit; mulberries and blackberries; and heady spicy notes with notes of five spice. There is also a floral undertone. The wine enters the palate with power, bursting with bright red and black fruit notes. There is a broad textured mid palate and a long finish of black pepper spice. The tannins are firm and the wine leaves with a sense of freshness. Drink now or keep till 2015. Press: 2010 Vintage: Tanzer-88 Pts, WS-90 Pts, WA-89 Pts.
RESERVE COLLECTION ELGIN SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 - TASTING NOTES: This wine displays a brilliant pale straw colour with flecks of lime green. At first there are upfront aromas of steamed white asparagus, nettles and lemongrass with undertones of green figs and sweet peas. The palate is crisp and fresh with intense flavours of fresh steamed white asparagus and roasted fennel bulb intertwined with cassis, green figs and mineral notes. The mid-palate is focused, but not mouth-filling with a crisp mineral finish which goes on forever. Press: 2012 Vintage: WS-89 Pts.
RESERVE COLLECTION STELLENBOSCH CHARDONNAY 2011 - TASTING NOTES: The wine displays a brilliant golden straw colour. The aromas are that of ripe summer fruits, lemon zest and a touch of toasted almonds. There is a certain white floral fragrance to the wine with a hint of marzipan and a touch of flintiness. The wine enters the palate reminiscent of the summer fruits on the nose. The mid palate has a creamy texture and the wine finishes with lime freshness and a touch of toasted notes, which linger. Drink now but the wine will reward with cellaring for a further 5 to 6 years from vintage. Press: 2010 Vintage: WS-89 Pts, WA-88 Pts.
Director’s Reserve Red 2009 -A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Petit Verdot 20%, Merlot 8% and Malbec 5%. TASTING NOTES: This wine has a deep dark inky garnet colour with a touch of red brick evident on the rim. This is an intensely complex wine with high toned fruit, perfumed aromas and spice dominating the nose. Here are notes of black currant and a hint of mint. The palate is full and rich, mirroring the nose with flavours of Christmas cake, cassis and spice, layered with cedar and a eucalyptus finish. The tannins are fine and velvety with certain freshness and focus on the finish. This wine drinks well now but will benefit from ageing until 2018./ Press: 2008 Vintage: WA-92 Pts, Tanzer-88 Pts.
Director’s Reserve White 2011 - A blend of 71% Sau. Blanc and 29% Semillon. TASTING NOTES: This wine has a brilliant golden straw colour. This is a complex yet elegant wine. The nose is vibrant with intense aromas of quince, lemongrass and passion fruit with underlying notes of toasted brioche and almonds. The palate is full and rich with intense yellow fruit and green fruit flavours beautifully balanced with the seamless oaking that is evident from slight toasty notes on the finish. The wine finishes with a stunning freshness with lingers almost indefinitely. Press: 2011 Vint: Decanter-95 Pts.