Kara-Tara Chardonnay 2021 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Western Cape
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'Grapes are sourced from carefully-selected premium vineyards in the Western Cape. This wine has the classic notes of lemon & grapefruit you'd expect from Chardonnay, with hints of almond & a fine, mineral finish.' – Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2020 vintage:
'The 2020 vintage of the Chardonnay is a revelation. 82% of grapes were sourced from the Overberg and 18% from a 40-year-old vineyard in Paarl, while winemaking involved 50% fermentation in stainless steel tank and 50% neutral oak before maturation lasting nine months. The nose shows a hint of reduction before citrus, floral perfume and spice while the palate combines power with energy – great fruit purity and racy acidity before a savoury finish. Very well proportioned – intensely flavoured without being overly weighty. Plenty of Wow! factor.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'Stark-Condé winemaker Rüdger van Wyk's own project is a Western Cape blend that uses grapes from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the Overberg and Paarl. Subtly wooded, with a smoky top note, plenty of refreshing acidity and pear, oatmeal and tangerine flavours. Drink 2021-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 91/100

'Gorgeous expression of honey, stonefruit & lightly toasted hazelnut in 2020. Lively, balanced & fresh, enduring citrus finish. 40 year old vines in Paarl (18%), rest Overberg; 50/50 ferment in old barrel & tank, then 9 months in oak - well worth all the effort.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (91/100)
More Information
Condition New
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Producer information Kara-Tara is a joint-venture between Rudger van Wyk (2018 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year) and José Conde of Stark-Condé Wines. The name Kara-Tara refers to a small town near Knysna, where winemaker Rudger van Wyk grew up. Translated from the traditional Khoisan, it means 'deep dark shadows' and refers to the Karatara river that runs through the town.
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