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Tokara Blanc de Blanc 2012 MCC is made from 100% Chardonnay from grapes grown on Tokara’s Elgin property. The grapes were whole bunch pressed after a night in the cold room. Only the first free-run juice was pressed (500l/tonne) to tank for overnight settling with minimal SO2 added. The juice was racked to seasoned 228-litre barrels for fermentation. After fermentation the wine was topped and remained in barrel with regular lees stirring for maturation. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation. After which it was sulphured and left to mature further. The base wine spent a total of 8 months maturing before blending and being bottled for the second fermentation in November 2013. The resultant bubbly spent a further 79 months on the lees maturing before being disgorged and put under cork and wire hood in July 2020. Bottled at 12.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: The aromas are those of lightly toasted almonds, lemon preserve and a hint of fresh green apple.
Palate: A wonderful interplay between silky liquid, crystalline acidity and fine mousse. Typical flavours include freshly baked Gougère, green apple and lemon preserve.
Finish: Hints of celery salt provide a zipped saline finish.
Tokara was purchased in 1994 by GT Ferreira for residential purposes, but it wasn’t long before the great potential for planting vineyards was recognised, inspiring the planting of classic varietals on the 400m above sea-level slopes.