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De Toren, Fusion V, Bordeaux Blend, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018

Produced by De Toren

£43.95/bottle

2018  |  15%

This is the iconic Left Bank-based blend from De Toren Fusion V. It is meticulously crafted from Bordeaux’s ‘Noble Five’ varietals and, with its complex flavours of liquorice, black cherry, cedar and dark berries, it offers a stylish departure for sophisticated oenophilic tastes. Soft as spun silk, with a lingering hint of sweet fruit on the back palate, this is a wine that will only improve with age.

94 points Tim Atkin

Decant before serving.

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‘Fusion V’ indicates the coming together of the five noble Bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon led, followed by Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, respectively.

De Toren have spent years mapping and calibrating the best plots for each variety on their site in Stellenbosch, so that each can reach its full potential.

The result is a delicious wine, with layers of fruit, spice and complexity. It will only get better with age.

Born of vineyards that are high in gravel content and benefit from prolonged exposure to the afternoon sun – conditions, in other words, that favour the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon – it is this intensely hued, robust flavoured varietal that, at 50 to 60%, forms the backbone of the formidable final blend.

Food Pairing: Pairs exceptionally well with perfectly tender grilled or roast lamb, with garlic, rosemary and a hint of honey lemon.

Ageing Potential: If stored in optimal conditions, this wine should last up to 20 years plus.

Decanting: For optimum enjoyment, decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15 – 18 degrees Celcius).

De Toren believes that complexity can be found through design. The estate’s vineyards were designed from the ground up to produce world-class wines and enormous attention was given to where and how each vineyard was planted. The design of their iconic Left- and Right-Bordeaux styled blends were planned and decided upon after which the vines were planted to match the make-up of these wines.

Crafting a blended wine is like painting, with each texture, aroma and flavour being a different colour. The De Toren palette is made up of a selection of soils, rootstocks, vines, cultivars and barrels. De Toren utilised 25 different clones across the five noble Bordeaux varieties which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot which were matched to 10 different rootstocks, before being planted across fifteen different soil types. Each variety, clone and rootstock were matched to the optimal soil type to gain as much complexity from the vineyard as possible.

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