Tokara launches premium MCC

I attended the launch of Tokara‘s premium, 100% Chardonnay MCC with outgoing winemaker Miles Mossop. This MCC has been 12 years in the making and the first release, a 2011 has only 3000 bottles produced. Just look at the unique shape of the bottle too. At R650 a pop, this is sure to be an MCC for a special occasion…

Like romantic lunches in this setting! Tokara really has some incredible views and decor!


Plus, with a menu like this…you are sure to get brownie points from your significant other.

Roast line fish, labneh creme, mustard greens & pickled carrot, toasted macadamia nuts, sunflower & pumpkin seeds with a lemongrass & carrot sause – paired with the Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2015.

Beef Fillet, mizuna, beetroot with sauce veneur – paired with the Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.


The Chardonnay for the MCC is grown at Tokara’s Elgin property in the highlands.  The grapes were picked in mid-March (which is quite late Summer) by hand in 2 separate pickings at sugars between 17 and 19 degrees brix and 12 to 14 g/l acid so exceptional wine making was needed to get the MCC down to 8g/litre.

The base wine spent a total of 15 months maturing before blending and being bottled for the second fermentation in June 2012. The bubbly spent a further 48 months on the lees maturing before being disgorged and corked. The bubbly then spent a further 17 months under cork before being released.
“This bubbly has a vibrant light golden hue with a hint of green in the colour. The mousse is exceptionally fine and consistent. The aromas are those of freshly baked brioche, fresh apples and a hint lemon blossom. The fine bubbles explode in your mouth upon entry. The palate is mouth filling with flavours of toasted almonds, freshly buttered toast, lemon and lime preserve with a long finish, which hints of a slightly saline mineral note. This leaves one wanting to take another sip.”
And who would ever say no to more bubbly anyway 😉
The Reserve Cab Sauv is honestly something to look out for. Exceptionally good quality. Full bodied and the perfect rounded balance between red fruit and woodiness.
This wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot (to add some red juicy fruit) and 4% Cabernet franc (to add a hint of spice).
“The wine displays a stunning deep dark plum colour. The aromas are that of fresh red and black berries. There is a hint of fresh mint, cigar box and dark cocoa underlying the concentrated fruit notes. The entry of the wine onto the palate is full and rich. With deep concentrated fruits such as fresh ripe prunes, blackberries, crème de cassis and mulberries. The tannins of the wine are robust yet yielding. This all leads to a dry textured finish with a lingering savoury note.”

Get them now

 The newly released range of Tokara Reserve Wines are available at the cellar door in Stellenbosch.

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