2018 Tokara Director’s Reserve Red displays an appealing red claret colour with an intense core and a ruby rim. The nose shows complex aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of dried cranberry, baking spice and graphite. The wine enters the palate with incredible purity and focus. Flavours are those of dark cherries, blackberries and ripe plum skin. Sumptuous and full, there is a hint of spice on the mid-palate which leads to fine, firm tannins on the finish. This is a truly classy wine and one which will age gracefully for years to come.
This is a Bordeaux style blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet-Franc and 4% Malbec from Tokara’s premium vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain outside of Stellenbosch.
Attention to detail is key here with the harvested grapes going through two sorting processes before before being gently crushed directly into tanks for fermentation using gravity feed and no pumps, ensuring the most gentle handling of the juice. Cold maceration lasts for up to 5 days before the fermentation starts spontaneously in a mixture of stainless steel and upright wooden foudre with natural yeast.
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