Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2020

Tasting Notes

This wine displays a deep maroon colour with a vibrant edge. This wine displays a deep maroon colour with a vibrant ruby edge. The nose leads with classic graphitic notes, dark brambleberry interwoven with aromas of five spice. There is a freshness underscoring these aromas with hints of dark blueberry, red currant and fynbos scrub – a classic expression of Simonsberg Cabernet. The palate is well poised and showcases an effortless balance between fruit purity and tannin weight. Flavours mirror aromas and all lead to a multi-textured, persistent finish.

Winery: Tokara
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: TOKDIRRED2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Tokara Directors Reserve Red 2020



95 pts Tim Atkin MW
Produced in decent quantities of 35,000 bottles, this is a superb bottling of Director’s Reserve that should keep its many fans happy. Pairing Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% PetitVerdot, 10% Merlot and 3% each of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, it’s a self-assured wine with appealing focus and restraint, mint, graphite and violet aromas, savoury tannins and layered cassis and red berry fruit. 2025-35

4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Dab malbec joins petit verdot, merlot, cab franc as partners with 79% cab in 20 (93 pts). Elegant, seamless & velvet textured, with succulent hedgerow fruit layered with cocoa in inky density. Structured & cohesive after 22 months in barrique, portion new down to 44% from 54%.

91 pts Wine Spectator 12/31/23
A balanced, medium- to full-bodied red, with hints of smoke, toast and ground coffee enriching fruit flavors of baked blackberry and damson plum preserves, layered with supple tannins. Reveals an aromatic range of violet and fresh rosemary and oregano notes, which emerge through the midpalate and linger on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2028.

Winemaker Notes

This wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The grapes originated from TOKARA’s premium vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain just outside of Stellenbosch.

Only grapes from the best blocks and from the best parts of these blocks are used. The average yield is between 6 and 8 t/ha. The grapes were hand-picked at optimal ripeness between the 18th March and the 3rd April.

The grapes were gently de-stemmed, before passing across a sorting table for the removal of all unwanted leaves or stalks and then crushed directly into tanks for fermentation using only gravity. There is a period of cold maceration for up to 5 days before the fermentation starts spontaneously (using the natural yeast strains present on the grapes). The grapes were fermented in stainless steel and wooden upright (foudre) fermenters. Pump-overs, dellastage and punching down of the cap were implemented twice a day for extraction until the fermentation completed. The tanks were given maceration post fermentation. The wines spent a total of twenty-two months in 48% new French oak – the rest being second and third fill French oak barriques. During maturation the wines received four racking’s, all done barrel to barrel. The wine was bottled in January 2021 with no fining and a light filtration.

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