South Africa / Stellenbosch
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2018 Tokara Chardonnay

Tokara

Stellenbosch

The wine displays a brilliant pale straw colour. Aromas of ripe quince and orange blossom spring from the glass. Lightly toasted brioche and almonds compliment these aromas. The entry on the palate is vibrant with fresh clementine, grapefruit and subtle ginger spice notes. The mid-palate has a creamy rounded texture, yet the wine finishes pleasantly dry with a refreshing aftertaste.


Viticulture

The grapes for this wine originate from Tokara's properties in two different regions: namely Stellenbosch and Elgin, as well as from bought in fruit from two Stellenbosch vineyards. The vineyards crop at around 6 t/ha. The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness with sugars between 20 - 23 degress brix and acidities ranging from 6 - 8g/l


Vinification

The grapes were destemmed, crushed and pressed to stainless steel tanks for overnight settling, after which the juice was racked and run to barrel with some lees added back. 100% of the wine fermented in 228ltr French oak barrels, 5% being new barrels. The wine spent an average of 8 months in barrel ageing on the gross lees with regular lees stirring. There was no malo-lactic fermentation allowed on this wine. The wine was bottled in October 2018 after stabilisation and filtration.


Recommendation

A perfect pairing with fish and chicken dishes or serve as an aperitif