Kara-Tara is the own label of Stark-Condé winemaker Rudger van Wyk focusing on premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Named after the Karatara river in George where Rudger originally hails from in the Southeastern Cape.
Pinot Noir Reserve
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
Being one of the top producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in the country, Rudger uses the Kara-Tara label to exercise his alternative passion for all things Burgundian and this 2021 new release Pinot Noir Reserve made from Overberg grapes using 25% whole bunch fermentation was matured for 12 months in 300 litre barrels with a 20% new oak portion.
In The Vineyard
This isolated vineyard in Overberg is planted in rocky shale soils. It is surrounded by mountain and covered with misty blanket of fog in the morning.
"The aromatics are attractively floral and expressive with notes of violets, lilac and purple flowers, earthy wild strawberries, red currant preserve, black cherry and a pronounced earthy, savoury wood spice component boasting an intriguing sapidity. On the palate, there is a velvety, harmonious mouthfeel with a rounded, soft, fleshy generosity and cool layers of tangy red plum, pithy strawberry, red cherry rock candy, a mouth-watering integrated acidity and a savoury, smoky minerality on the finish. With only 1,375 bottles produced, a Pinot Noir of this quality is not going to hang around for long. A very classy expression from a deliciously fresh, vibrant vintage." (Wine Safari Score: 93+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)