There's been a revolution in the South African wine industry, in the last few years.
Where once there were issues with odd aromas and flavours, now there are world-class wines of distinction. I've discovered Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs to challenge Burgundy, plus Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc blends to rival Bordeaux. The Tokara wines are rapidly coming to be known as some of the finest in S.Africa:
"Tokara is one of Stellenbosch’s most reliable producers, consistently producing some of the region’s finest wines. Much of that must be credited to winemaker Miles Mossop and viticulturalist Aidan Morton...". Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
The wines produced by Jordan regularly feature in the renowned Platters Guide to South African Wines. Their flagship Chardonnay, the 'Nine Yards' is a quest to find the ultimate expression of Jordan terroir. I've tasted few New World Chardonnays that can stand up to its sheer finnesse and complexity and not a few Burgundies pale by comparison.
"If you want to taste some of Franschhoek’s finest expressions of Chardonnay then look no further than Cape Chamonix. This is one producer that I have been following for a number of years and over the last decade the wines just seem to get better and better". Neal Martin, Wine Advocate. Martin awards the regular Chardonnay an impressive 92 points, saying its classy finish would 'not look out of place in Burgundy'. I couldn't agree more and the Reserve Pinot is off the chart, as far as I'm concerned.