Kara Tara Chardonnay 2021

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stark-Conde
Varietal: Chardonnay
SKU: KARCHA2021 Category:
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kara Tara Chardonnay 2021



4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Bright & elegant 21 (92 pts) has gorgeous freshness & lift to its tropical flavours. Ample interest & complexity including crème brulee nuance from barrel ferment/9 months in mostly new oak. Lengthy farewell. 59% Elgin fruit, with Overberg & Paarl, well crafted for ageing.

92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Kara-Tara is Stark-Condé winemaker Rudger van Wyk’s own project, entirely focused on Burgundian grapes. This stylish Chardonnay marries grapes from Elgin, the Overberg and Paarl. Poised between citrus and stone fruit flavours, with subtle toast and wet stone undertones. 2022-27′

Winemaker Notes

Kara-Tara is a joint-venture between Rudger van Wyk (2018 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year) and José Conde of Stark-Condé Wines.

The name Kara-Tara refers to a small town near Knysna, where winemaker Rudger van Wyk grew up. Translated from the traditional Khoisan, it means “deep dark shadows” and refers to the Karatara river that runs through the town.

Grapes are sourced from carefully-selected premium vineyards in the Western Cape. This wine has the classic notes of lemon & grapefruit you’d expect from Chardonnay, with hints of almond & a fine, mineral finish.

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