Tokara

Director's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.277 ratings
9.28 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015 | Bordeaux blend

Vintage 2015 | Bordeaux blend

Aug 16th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

The 2015 Directors Reserve is 71% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and aged 22 months in 50% new French oak.

Beautiful floral ripe dark fruit nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, dark, rich soil, soft granite soils, toast, dry crushed rock, tobacco with red, dark and purple flowers.

The body is full, rich and lush. The tannins are round, meaty and tarry. The structure, length, tension are huge with nice balance. Floral, ripe dark fruit nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, dark, rich soil, soft granite soils, toast, dry crushed rock, tobacco with red, dark and purple flowers. The acidity is round and excellent. The finish is elegant, round, well balanced in fruit & earth with beautiful polish. 94 now with a potential for more.

Photos of; Tokara Cellar Door, artworks inside & outside and the view of their property from the top of their vineyards.

The 2015 Directors Reserve is 71% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and aged 22 months in 50% new French oak.

Beautiful floral ripe dark fruit nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, dark, rich soil, soft granite soils, toast, dry crushed rock, tobacco with red, dark and purple flowers.

The body is full, rich and lush. The tannins are round, meaty and tarry. The structure, length, tension are huge with nice balance. Floral, ripe dark fruit nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, dark, rich soil, soft granite soils, toast, dry crushed rock, tobacco with red, dark and purple flowers. The acidity is round and excellent. The finish is elegant, round, well balanced in fruit & earth with beautiful polish. 94 now with a potential for more.

Photos of; Tokara Cellar Door, artworks inside & outside and the view of their property from the top of their vineyards.

May 9th, 2019
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015 / refinement eucalyptus

Vintage 2015 / refinement eucalyptus

Feb 15th, 2019
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015 / 71 cabernet sauvignon 15 merlot 4 Malbec 7 petit verdot 3 cabernet franc / 22 mnd barrel aging

Vintage 2015 / 71 cabernet sauvignon 15 merlot 4 Malbec 7 petit verdot 3 cabernet franc / 22 mnd barrel aging

Feb 5th, 2019
Andreas Seitz

Deep red colour, significant legs. Nose of cellar, forest, oak, and black berries. Medium tannins, well-structured with low acidity and tastes of dark berries, cassis, and oak. Velvety mouth-feel. Long finish.

Deep red colour, significant legs. Nose of cellar, forest, oak, and black berries. Medium tannins, well-structured with low acidity and tastes of dark berries, cassis, and oak. Velvety mouth-feel. Long finish.

1 person found it helpfulNov 10th, 2017
David Koenen

Beautiful wine. Pencil shavings, black cherry and bramble, paint, underbrush and ink. Perfectly mature and ready to rock.

Beautiful wine. Pencil shavings, black cherry and bramble, paint, underbrush and ink. Perfectly mature and ready to rock.

May 27th, 2021
Jerry Mimus

Incredible blend. Beautiful balance and super smooth.

Incredible blend. Beautiful balance and super smooth.

May 12th, 2021
Jim Chen

Starts tight. Decant and then satori

Starts tight. Decant and then satori

Mar 11th, 2021
Herb Listen

In Telluride

In Telluride

Sep 8th, 2020
Andrew Townley

Very nice. Even nicer thanks to #prohibitionSA. I realize “nice” tells you nothing, but, for today, that’ll have to do.

Very nice. Even nicer thanks to #prohibitionSA. I realize “nice” tells you nothing, but, for today, that’ll have to do.

Aug 3rd, 2020