The back label of Tokara White 2005, a wooded Sauvignon Blanc, suggested that the wine would cellar well for a further five years from release. It’s now 10 years on from when the wine hit the market and it’s looking fine. Wine of Origin Stellenbosch, the winemaking involved fermentation and maturation for six months in […]
Tokara winemaker Miles Mossop has a range of own-label wines named after his children, son Max providing the moniker for the Bordeaux-style red blend. The 2012 will seduce many. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 24% Petit Verdot, maturation lasted 22 months in French oak barrels, 42% new. It shows black fruit […]
The two new Cape Winemakers Guild members were announced earlier today: Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Family Wines and Carl van der Merwe of DeMorgenzon, bringing the membership count to 48 for 2016. .Miles Mossop, winemaker at Tokara, is the new chairman, taking over from Andries Burger of Paul Cluver Estate.
Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]
How good can single-variety Sauvignon Blanc possibly be? Yesterday Tokara’s Miles Mossop presented his newly released Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and you certainly had to admire it for its purity and focus but wouldn’t necessarily call it complex. On the nose, a pleasant dustiness before notes of pear, lime and grapefruit. Concentrated fruit, […]
Results of the third annual RisCura White Hot Wine Awards are now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 30 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends from 21 South African producers, either currently available or soon to be released, and then undertaking a blind tasting. The 2011 vintage from renowned Pessac-Léognan producer Domaine de Chevalier was included […]
The white blend called Saskia that is part of Tokara winemaker Miles Mossop’s own-label range of wines grows ever more intricate. Originally a Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend, first Clairette Blanche and then Verdelho have been incorporated in recent years. Is the whole greater than the sum of the parts? Most definitely in the case of the […]
While some Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends present too much Sauvignon character, which is to say appear lean and green, the Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (R105 a bottle) which includes a portion of Semillon is arguably too rich and complex to be pitched as a single-variety wine. The amount of Semillon – 11% fermented spontaneously and […]