Welcome to the Western Cape Wineries - a kiwi's opinion blog

I originally set up this blog to help foreigners have an enjoyable experience when visiting the western cape wineries in South Africa.

I realised that it is very difficult for a tourist to choose where to go and which wineries to visit, when you have 600+ wine producers to choose from.

When I first moved to SA December 2010, my palate struggled to adjust to SA wine, b
ut after living here for a while and after visiting over 100+ wine estates, I have found many wines which I really like and can highly recommend.

Admittingly, when you come from another country it is hard not to compare the wine in SA to what you are used to back home. However, once you realise they are not the same (they have their own characteristics due to the different soil, climate etc) and appreciate their wines for being SA wines, it will improve your opinion and experience of the wines immediately.

If you are staying in SA for a while, don't dispair, your palate will change, and you will soon find yourself liking SA wine over your home countries wine!!

I hope my blog will help wine lovers have an enjoyable wine experience while in SA.

Please note: I am not a wine connoisseur. The comments I write about the wine is mostly for my own benefit of having them on record.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Tokara - Stellenbosch

The second place we visited on our sunday tour was Tokara. 

This is a nice winery, it has a stylish building, the restaurant looks nice, the wine tasting room was nice, liked the fireplace, shame it wasn't on. There is plenty of space for many visitors to do a tasting here.

We were allowed to try five wines, there is no tasting fee at this winery. The person who served us was very good, he knew his wines, and was very friendly.
I tried the Tokara Zondernaam SB 2010 (R55) it was very nice, fruity and tasty. The tokara reserve collection walker bay Chardonnay 2009 (R110) was very nice. It was buttery, smooth and rounded.The tokara reserve collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2009 (R110) was crisp, fruity, slightly dry, it was ok. The Tokara Zondernaam Grenache Rose 2010 (R55) was crisp, off dry and not strong in flavour. The Tokara Zondernaam Shiraz 2009 (R75) is spicy, a little dry, has a lingering aftertatse and good flavour. The Tokara reserve collection SB noble late harvest 2009 (R198) is just delicious!!! It is not too syrupy, it is light, I love it!! I bought a bottle of this one, even though the price is quite high, I did think it was worth it.

I do highly recommend visiting this winery if you are out this way. I have heard good things about the restaurant also, so you might be interested in making it your stop for lunch.

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