"A powerful medium to full-bodied cabernet with a clear contrast the wine ripe cassis fruit on the one hand, and savoury earthy dried herb notes on the other." 95pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
Tokar Estate is essentially a 'weekender' that got out of control! Leon Tokar stumbled across the Maddens Lane property (absolute YV dress circle address) in 1995 and bought it on the spot. There is now 30 acres planted to the usual suspects but notably Tokar were the first Yarra Valley winery to plant Tempranillo.
"Low yield (1.5t/acre), hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, wild yeast fermented, matured for 15 months in French hogsheads (45% new), then a barrel selection. A powerful medium to full-bodied cabernet with a clear contrast the wine ripe cassis fruit on the one hand, and savoury earthy dried herb notes on the other." 95pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!