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South Africa, Stellenbosch


Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2013

Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2013 96 pts Tim Atkin MW

Food Accompaniments

beef, lamb, wild game

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

96 pts Tim Atkin MW 2017
Consistently among the best Bordeaux red blends in South Africa, this combines 67% Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Serious, modern and stylish, with mint, cigar box and graphite notes, fine-grained tannins and scented oak. 2018-27.
92 pts Wine Advocate Issue #230 April 2017
The 2013 Director's Reserve Red is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot with 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It sees 22 months in 54% new oak. The nose is one of the best I encountered from Tokara on this visit with vivid blackberry, boysenberry and floral scents, almost as if there were a splash of Syrah in the blend. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, cedar and sandalwood infusing the black fruit that segues into a Chinese five-spice tinged finish. This is an impressive Cabernet from Tokara.
4 ½ Stars 2017 platter’s South African Wine Guide
Opulent cab-led Bordeaux blend with merlot, petit verdot, cab franc & malbec (67/16/7/5/5). Smoothly textured tannins, oak & 15% alcohol subsumed into abundant fruit. Powerful New World style with balance, structure & pedigree to age, though already so tempting.

Winemaker Notes

The wine has an intense deep garnet color with stunning clarity. The aromas on the nose are classic for this style of wine. Heady notes of cassis, black berries and dark cherries. There is a slight herbal lift and freshness to the nose with hints of tomato puree and tomato leaf and the typical hint of mint which is indicative of its origin.

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Chemical Analysis




14.5% alcohol by volume



Red Blend

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