Kara-Tara Pinot Noir is a new joint-venture between Rudger van Wyk and José Conde of Stark-Condé Wines. Stark-Condé were named in the ‘First Growth’ category of Tim Atkin’s special report on South Africa in 2019 whilst winemaker Rudger van Wyk was named Young Winemaker of the Year 2019. Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson, speaks highly of the quality of wine coming from Kara Tara, expressing "Burgundians, beware!"

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.

This case contains 3 of each:

3x 2022 Kara Tara Chardonnay

Made from grapes sourced from four sites in three regions, namely Stellenbosch, Elgin and the Overberg, this wine has all the trappings of a cool climate masterpiece clearly moulded on a fresh vintage of Pouilly Fuissé or Saint Veran in Burgundy. Matured for eight months in barrels utilising 10% new oak, the wine reveals an attractively perfumed nose of honey suckle, white citrus, lemon verbena, popcorn, grated lime peel, zingy lemongrass and gentle herbal notes that intermingle with subtle leesy, biscuity nuances. On the palate there are deliciously racy acids that invigorate the taste buds, framing an intense yellow citrus fruit and oatmeal concentration that melts into a stony river pebble minerality. White Burgundy drinkers are going to be bowled over by its light touch 12.5% alcohol as well as its decidedly old world demeanour. Drink this on release and over the next 3 to 5+ years. (94/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

3x 2022 Kara Tara Pinot Noir

Grapes for the Kara Tara Pinot Noir are sourced from carefully-selected premium vineyards in the Elgin and Overberg region. About 20% of the wine was whole-bunch fermented. The wine was barrel matured for 14 months in French oak, primarily 2nd, 3rd and 4th-fill and about 10% new oak. An elegant, lightly-wooded style of Pinot Noir showing classic strawberry and red cherry notes coupled with a hint of spice. A firm, yet silky-smooth tannin-structure supports the lovely bright fruit characteristics of the wine.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Tim Taylor (London)
Would you buy this again?: Yes
Vintage Reviewed: 2021
Kara Tara

I thought the Pinot Noir was authentic and very good value. I have not tried the Chardonnay yet but do not expect to be disappointed.