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Tokara Director's Reserve White 2012

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750ML / 0% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This wine has a brilliant golden straw color. This is a complex yet elegant wine. The nose is vibrant with intense aromas of quince, lemongrass and passion fruit with underlying notes of toasted brioche and almonds. The palate is full and rich with intense yellow fruit and green fruit flavors beautifully balanced with the seamless oaking that is evident from slight toasty notes on the finish. The wine finishes with a stunning freshness with lingers almost indefinitely.

This wine is best served with pan-seared scallops or fresh West Coast crayfish and homemade mayonnaise. It also pairs well with a grilled chicken breast salad.

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The 2012 Director’s Reserve White is a blend of 74% Sauvignon Blanc and 26% Semillon raised in 30% new French oak for nine months with regular lees stirring. It has a more herbaceous and earthier bouquet compared to the 2013 with touches of greengage, pear, grass clippings and grapefruit that blossom in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity: citrus lemon and hazelnut, a subtle marine influence coming through towards the finish.
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Tokara, situated on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass in South Africa, produces innovative and distinctive wines under the Tokara and ZONDERNAAM labels as well as a limited edition five year pot still Brandy.

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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.

STC541773_2012 Item# 129712

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