95 pts Winemag.co.za November 2021
Kara-Tara is a joint venture between Rüdger van Wyk and José Condé of Stark-Condé, two wines appearing under the label, these being a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – the name Kara-Tara refers to a river that runs through Van Wyk’s hometown of George and the choice of varieties inspired by a postgrad harvest that he worked in Burgundy.
The 2020 vintage of the Chardonnay is a revelation. 82% of grapes were sourced from the Overberg and 18% from a 40-year-old vineyard in Paarl, while winemaking involved 50% fermentation in stainless steel tank and 50% neutral oak before maturation lasting nine months. The nose shows a hint of reduction before citrus, floral perfume and spice while the palate combines power with energy – great fruit purity and racy acidity before a savoury finish. Very well proportioned – intensely flavoured without being overly weighty. Plenty of Wow!
91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Stark-Condé winemaker Rüdger van Wyk's own project is a Western Cape blend that uses grapes from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the Overberg and Paarl. Subtly wooded, with a smoky top note, plenty of refreshing acidity and pear, oatmeal and tangerine flavours. 2021-26
4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Gorgeous expression of honey, stonefruit & lightly roasted hazelnut in 20 (91 pts). Lively, balanced & fresh, enduring citrus finish. 40 year old vines in Paarl (18%), rest Overberg; 50/50 ferment in old barrel & tank, then 9 months in oak – well worth all the effort.