De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red


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Vintage: 2018
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Viticulture: Sustainable
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot

De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Juicy plum, leather, dried tobacco, baked earth, and black cherry skin.

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About De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red

De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red is a powerful Bordeaux-style blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Juicy plum, leather, dried tobacco, baked earth, and black cherry skin. Full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Structured and compact.

About De Toren

Emil and Sonette den Dulk left the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg in 1991 to seek the beauty and serenity of the Cape Winelands. They stumbled upon what Emil refers to as “a little piece of heaven” in the Polkadraai Hills, with the magnificent Stellenbosch Mountains as a backdrop. It was here that they established De Toren Private Cellar. With the help of specialists from the University of Stellenbosch, Emil set out to carve a niche for his boutique estate by creating South Africa’s first five-varietal Bordeaux blend, the now legendary Fusion V.

Situated on southern facing slopes overlooking False Bay at altitudes of 560 to 655 feet, De Toren enjoys the cooling effect of constant ocean breezes. Approximately 22 of the farm’s 26 hectares are planted to the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. 18 different clones are grown in ten distinct soil types (the most prevalent being Tukulu/ Pinedene, Sterkspruit and Estcourt), with varietals, clones, and rootstocks matched to their ideal soil types following extensive soil studies.

The farm makes use of extensive Infrared Aerial Imaging to monitor ripeness in various vineyard blocks and determine optimal picking times. All harvesting is done by hand in the cool early morning hours, and the grapes are transported to the winery in small batches, where they are hand sorted, and gently basket pressed. The winery is operated completely on gravity flow principles; a 4,000-liter pressure tank in an elevator shaft (the “Tower” from which the winery takes its name) is used to exploit gravity in transporting wine between tanks and barrels without the use of mechanical pumps. As a result of De Toren’s innovative, minimal intervention production methods, their wines were among the first South African bottlings to qualify for IP (Integrated Production) certification by the Wine and Spirit Board.

Winemaker Albie Koch has been at De Toren’s helm from the very beginning. His maiden 1999 vintage of Fusion V took the international wine world by storm, garnering great critical acclaim and instantly becoming one of the Cape’s most iconic and sought-after bottlings. De Toren “Z” was introduced with the 2004 vintage and subsequently earned its fair share of accolades. This Merlot-based “Right Bank” Bordeaux blend perfectly complements the Cabernet-dominant “Left Bank” flagship.

De Toren seems to have found the key to success with their simple winemaking philosophy: gentle handling, no pumps, and minimum manipulation. Armed with this winning formula, the boutique farm has quickly risen to join the ranks of South Africa’s winemaking elite with its dazzling, stylish, and complex five-varietal Bordeaux blends.


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