90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
Kara-Tara is the personal project of Rudger van Wyk, the brilliantly talented young winemaker at Stark-Conde. Made from a combination of Elgin, Durbanville and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge fruit, it’s an appealing, medium weight Pinot Noir with redcurrant and pomegranate flavours and some texture and spice from 15% whole bunches, 2021-25.
Kara-Tara Pinot Noir is a new 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 Elgin region. An elegant, lightly-wooded style of Pinot Noir showing classic strawberry and red cherry notes coupled with a hint of spice. A firm, yet silky-smooth tannin-structure supports the lovely bright fruit characteristics of the wine.