Kara Tara is winemaker Rudger van Wyk’s solo project in collaboration with José Condé, the owner of Stark-Condé where Rudger has a been making a name for himself as one of the leadling lights in the South African wine scene.
Jancis Robinson has just tasted them and was effusive in her praise for the quality of the wines and even bestowed them with the acronym VGV – standing for ‘very good value’ which they most certainly especially when compared Ito what you’d pay for a Burgundian equivalent. I certainly expect them to be the cause of a few sleepless nights in the Cote d’Or.
Jancis’ notes are below and you can view the wines on our website by clicking the button at the bottom of this email. There’s also a link to an article Jancis wrote for the Financial Times explaining why now is the time to be buying South African wine, she also lists both Kara Tara wines and Stark-Condé Syrah (the wine which Rudger won young winemaker of the year for) within a selection of 15 wines she personally recommends.
Kara Tara, Chardonnay, 2019 – 16.5 out of 20 (12% abv)
Interesting Chardonnay! I seem to have been tasting some rather clichéd versions from South Africa but this has real lift, freshness and vitality. Not picked too ripe. Very appetising and complete. Recommended to Chablis enthusiasts. Quite racy, enlivened by some green-fruit notes. Decent length. Good stuff.
Kara Tara, Pinot Noir, 2018 – 16.5 out of 20 (12.5% abv)
Transparent garnet colour. Quite an earthy reading of Pinot but proper stuff – not just sweet and caricature. I’d love to know more about the fruit source for this elegant wine! Appetising, even though I have not cooled the bottle (which I usually do with Pinots). There’s a real beginning, middle and end to this delicate but not weak wine. Burgundians beware!