Well worth a stop and a second and third visit – Tokara Wine Farm

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At least once a month we make our way to the Franschhoek Valley, we pass through Stellenbosch and head up the Helshoogte Pass. More often than not do we take the sharp right bend and one of us says: “We really must arrange a visit to Tokara”. Finally we did, we set aside an entire afternoon to visit this little pocket of heaven on the Helshoogte Pass.

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The views are endless, the vineyards supreme, the artworks breath-taking. It’s clear to see everything on the farm is well cared for and the utmost care is taken every step of the way.

We arrived early, as we normally do 🙂 and decided to take a walk through the sculpture garden. Such a novel idea but it works so well. The smell of the herbs and curry plants was just what we needed to remind us we had a wine tasting as well as lunch to get too.

Upon entering the establishment, you are greeted by this amazing exhibition from their “Wine made Art” collection. Annually with the release of their new vintages Tokara exhibits paintings made by and up and coming artists using TOKARA red wine.

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Then it was time for our Tasting, the Tasting Room is a reasonable size and gets filled up rather quickly as true testament to the excellent wines and superb service by the very knowledgeable Tasting Room Staff.

 

One of the best Wine Tastings we’ve done 9 wine wines for only R100.

  1. TOKARA RESERVE COLLECTION 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC.

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the aromas are fresh and opulent. Packed with notes of guava, passion fruit, quince and hints of lemon grass and dried herbs. The flavours on the palate is reminiscent of the aromas, it is full, rich and textured with a lingering dry chalky finish

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  1. TOKARA RESERVE COLLECTION 2014 CHARDONNAY

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the nose has intense aromas of lemon blossom, citrus preserve and ripe yellow fruits. Subtle oak is evident by hints of roasted almonds and fresh toast which underpin the vibrant fruit aromas

 

 

  1. TOKARA DIRECTOR’S RESERVE 2014 WHITE

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): This wine has a vibrant golden hue. The nose displays complexity with fruit notes of ripe quince and baked apples, hints of marzipan and toasted brioche with an underlying herbal note of nettles

  1. TOKARA RESERVE COLLECTION 2014 CHARDONNAY

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the nose has intense aromas of lemon blossom, citrus preserve and ripe yellow fruits. Subtle oak is evident by hints of roasted almonds and fresh toast which underpin the vibrant fruit aromas

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  1. TOKARA LIMITED RELEASE 2012 GRENACHE

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): there is abundant red berry fruit reminiscent of fruit pastilles with an underlying “garrique”, herbal note. The wine enters the mouth with beautiful juicy fruit characters and amazing vibrancy and freshness

  1. TOKARA 2014 SHIRAZ

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the nose is perfumed with hints of violets and Chinese 5 spice. There are stunning fresh aromas of blueberries and mulberries with hints of red berry fruits.

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TASTING NOTES (from the website): the nose has intense dark heady notes of ripe plums, cassis and blueberries. There is a stunning perfume of violets and all spice

  1. TOKARA DIRECTOR’S RESERVE 2012 RED

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the wine has an intense deep garnet colour with stunning clarity. The aromas on the nose are classic for this style of wine. Heady notes of cassis, black berries and dark cherries

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  1. TOKARA LIMITED EDITION 2014 NOBLE LATE HARVEST

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the aromas are rich and complex with notes of dried apricot and peach. The barrel fermentation and maturation is evident in the hint of vanilla, toasted brioche and marzipan notes.

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  1. TOKARA DIRECTOR’S RESERVE 2009 POTSTILL BRANDY

    TASTING NOTES (from the website): the mellowed spirit abounds with subtle complex flavours of dried fig, peach, raisin fruits, pot-pourri, floral aroma and heady jasmine. Definite orange blossom and vanilla notes with spicy pepper and saffron overtones

We totally forgot about the time, as we were having such an awesome and relaxing time, we ended up just a few minute late for lunch, but more about that in the next blog 😉

They also do an Olive Oil Tasting which we will definitely be going back for, we also want it visit the very well-known deli.

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