Survivor Pinotage makes the cut in 2020 Top 100 Awesome Wines

Survivor Pinotage 2017, an ABSA Top 10 Pinotage rooted in the Swartland, has been included in the UK based 2020 Top 100 Awesome Wines held annually by the Association of Wine Educators.

Recommended as a wine of great value by international wine professionals, Survivor made the cut in the category for red wines selling between £10 and £25.

“Rich and rounded, bursting with black berry and spice flavours,” is how the unbridled Survivor Pinotage is described in the Awesome Wines listing.

“International recognition is all the reward we could wish for with our Pinotage...

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Survivor ventures out to cooler pastures with new Chardonnay

Survivor, the intrepid range of authentic terroir specific wines, has ventured out to cooler pastures with the release of a new Chardonnay from Elgin vineyards.

Raised in the Swartland as a tribute to the spirited indigenous Nguni cow that stands proud on every bottle, Survivor wines are acclaimed both locally and internationally for their profound sense of place. The decision to find additional vineyard sites was taken to ensure that their premium wines are made from vineyards best suited to each particular grape variety.

“Survivor wines are terroir driven, so it is important for us to source our wines from the best sites...

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Two TOKARA flagships reds clinch SA Top 10 rankings

TOKARA’s acclaim as a producer of world-class red wines from prized Stellenbosch vineyards knows no bounds with two Cabernet-led reds attaining Top 10 status in consecutive South African wine reports.

TOKARA Director’s Reserve Red 2017 secured Top 10 in the 2020 Prescient Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report, with TOKARA Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 making the Top 10 cut in the 2020 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report. Both reports are convened annually by Winemag.co.za.

Since its maiden 2003 vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon driven Director’s Reserve Red has grown in stature as a world-class Bordeaux-style blend with a string of accolades in tow...

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TOKARA Cabernet Sauvignon is a flag-bearer for sense of place

TOKARA’s forward thinking vision for Cabernet Sauvignon over more than 20 vintages, has seen their vineyards on the foothills of the Simonsberg consistently produce exceptional, award winning wines.

The latest release from this family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, TOKARA Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, is no exception. The wine won international acclaim with a gold medal at the 2020 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge, the annual tasting of one of the definitive wine guides in France.

A blend of the diverse vineyard sites on the estate, it is the quintessential expression of TOKARA terroir. 

“Cabernet Sauvignon is TOKARA’s original focus variety and our Stellenbosch vineyards produce three singular expressions, a blend of different Cabernet Sauvignon sites on the TOKARA farm...

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New vibrant TOKARA Rosé vintage released at the cellar door

TOKARA’s stylish tasting lounge has a new surprise in store for visitors to this Stellenbosch family owned wine estate with the release of the new 2020 vintage of its vibrant Rosé.

Available exclusively online or at the tasting lounge, TOKARA Rosé 2020 is a deliciously juicy wine perfect for all seasons. This crisp, youthful wine holds great appeal with bursts of juicy berries. Expect fresh raspberry and strawberry to rise from your glass supported by whiffs of green melon. There is a hint of creaminess on the palate ending with a clean and refreshed finish after the last sip. It is most enjoyable on its own or paired with a light lunch of salmon trout and a fresh green salad.

TOKARA Rosé 2020 is available at R95 per bottle at the TOKARA tasting lounge for home consumption only ...

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New TOKARA Reserve Chardonnay released from the cellar door

Be the first to stock up on the new vintage of TOKARA’s highly acclaimed Reserve Collection Chardonnay, as the cellar door opens for wine sales in keeping with the new Level 3 Covid-19 regulations.

The vibrant TOKARA Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2019, which was launched overseas during the nationwide lockdown, is refreshing and pleasantly dry with mouth- filling creaminess

“The wine enters the palate bold, with ripe yellow citrus flavours leading to a creamy mid-palate with subtle vanilla, star anise and toasted almond” says winemaker Stuart Botha.

Expect aromas of lemon curd and honeysuckle to spring from your glass with underlying notes of oatmeal and toasted brioche. The wine was fermented and aged in a combination of 36% new French oak and older barrels.

This limite...

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Embrace autumn with beautifully textured TOKARA Chardonnay

After harvest time, when the cooler weather begins to waft in, it’s time to switch from crisp summer quaffers to a more textured autumn wine.

TOKARA’s new Chardonnay vintage just released by this family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, has all the appeal of a vibrant wine with its fresh citrus character, yet comforts with a layered, creamy texture.  

Fermented and aged in predominantly older oak barrels, TOKARA Chardonnay 2018 is refreshing and pleasantly dry with mouth filling creaminess.

“Aromas of ripe quince and orange blossom spring from your glass, complemented by warming whiffs of brioche and almonds. The palate comes alive with fresh clementine, grapefruit and hints of ginger spice, melding seamlessly with the creamy, rounded texture...

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TOKARA opens “Deli Essentials” for farm-fresh produce during the lockdown

Stock up on TOKARA’s wholesome farm-fresh produce and freshly baked goods at TOKARA Deli Essentials open daily for the duration of the lockdown on this landmark Stellenbosch Wine and Olive Estate.

While the normal Restaurant and Deli operations remain closed, the easing of the restrictions to Level 4, has enabled TOKARA Deli to open its doors selling essential produce and getting some employees working again.

The delicious assortment on offer includes freshly baked bread, pastries, home-made biscuits and rusks, TOKARA extra virgin olive oil, milk, eggs, cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches, coffee beans and hot take away coffee.  The essential food items offered will be expanded as more regulars find their way back to Tokara Deli instead of having to go to a supermarket.

“We launche...

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Spicy TOKARA Shiraz is a slam dunk for autumn beets

Cooler weather calls for a spicy Shiraz with hearty root vegetables and succulent meat dishes. TOKARA Chef Carolize Coetzee’s flavourful salt-baked beetroot is the perfect autumn comfort food for this Stellenbosch wine estate’s full-bodied premium Shiraz.

“Shiraz is one of those varieties that shows smoother, rounder textures on the palate than the classic Bordeaux cultivars. It is also less tannic and as such is a rather flexible friend in the food pairing game,” says winemaker Stuart Botha. 

The new TOKARA Shiraz 2018 vintage is well matched with Chef Carolize’s beetroot recipe, her autumnal take on carpaccio and an excellent side dish for game.

Beetroot is both rich and earthy with subtle sweetness and caramelisation adding intense character for a perfect match wi...

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New season’s liquid gold flows at TOKARA

TOKARA enjoys wide acclaim as a top producer of world-class extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), and harvest time is when the new season’s golden bounty from the rolling olive groves reveals itself.

The olive harvest, stretching from mid-March well into June, is a busy time for olive oil master and operations manager, Gert van Dyk, who gently extracts the liquid gold from the diverse selection of olive varieties as they begin to ripen and unlock their flavours one after the other.

“The 2020 harvest is looking great with good volumes and exceptional quality. The polyphenols, powerful antioxidants associated with the characteristic burning sensation of a good olive oil, are amazing,” explains van Dyk.

Under his watch, the hand-picked olives are pressed in TOKARA’s Olive Shed within...

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