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Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2007

Country: South africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Type: Red
Producer: Tokara
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon / petit verdot
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2007
Body: Full bodied
Alcohol: 14.5%
Sweetness: Dry

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One of the highest-scoring red wines in South Africa. "This is a gorgeous Stellenbosch Red" 94 points - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate. SA TOP 100 wines and a Double-Gold Veritas winner.

Tasting Notes

The winemaker's tasting note: This wine has a deep dark inky garnet colour with a touch of red brick evident on the rim. This is an intensely complex wine with high toned fruit, perfumed aromas and spice dominating the nose. Here are notes of black currant, Christmas cake and a hint of mint. The palate is full and rich, mirroring the nose with flavours of Christmas cake, cassis and spice, layered with cedar and a eucalyptus finish. The tannins are fine and velvety with certain freshness and focus on the finish. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Petit Verdot 20%, Merlot 8% and Malbec 5%. The grapes originated from TOKARA’s premium vineyards on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain. Only grapes from the best blocks and from the best parts of these blocks are used. The average yield is between 3 and 10 t/ha. The 2007 vintage was relatively cool, following from a very wet winter in 2006. The wines produced from this vintage were elegant, perfumed and spicy with great fruit expression. This wine drinks well now but will benefit from ageing until 2018. Food pairing: Veal Osso Bucco or Grilled fillet steak served with red wine sauce, bone marrow, shallots and French fries.

Press Note:

The WIne Advocate: "A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 5% Malbec raised over 20 months in 80% new French oak, the brilliant 2007 Director’s Reserve Red has a broody nose of cocoa, dark chocolate and dark berries all cloaked in vanillary new oak that is very well enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied with a very silky smooth entry: seamless tannins that are almost Burgundian in nature. It is still closed at the moment, but here, the new oak is very well integrated and absorbed into the precocious, sappy dark cherry, blueberry and cassis fruit. This is a gorgeous Stellenbosch red. Drink 2014-2020+ " 94 points

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