This wine displays a vibrant golden colour. Aromas of lemon curd, honeysuckle, oatmeal and toasted brioche emanate from the glass. The wine enters the palate with bold, ripe yellow citrus flavours leading to a creamy mid-palate with subtle vanilla, star anise and toasted almond. There is a continuous saline focus and feeling of freshness throughout. A wine of restrained power and finesse.
Made from grapes grown on Tokara's Stellenbosch farm on the slopes of the Simonsberg. The soils are all Oakleaf from Granitic origin with varying levels of sandstone boulders in the profile. It is a deep clay rich soil.
The grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and pressed to stainless steel tanks for settling overnight or whole bunch pressed after a night in the cold room with no settling and subsequent racking. Only the free run juice from the best blocks is used for the Reserve Collection Chardonnay. The juice from the de-stemmed batches was then racked and run off to barrel for fermentation with selected yeast. After fermentation the wine was topped and left on the lees with regular lees stirring fro 9 months. 30% of the barrels were allowed to complete malo-lactic fermentation. The barrels were all tight grain French oak 228 litre barrels of which 36% were new, the rest were older barrels.
Best served with grilled fish, roasted white meats or creamy white cheese