6 x 2016 De Toren Fusion V, Provenance: Restaurant Mosaic Wine Cellar Collection
De Toren proprietors Emil and Sonette den Dulk left Johannesburg in 1991 to establish their vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch. Situated on southern facing slopes overlooking False Bay De Toren enjoys the cooling effect of constant ocean breezes. Taking a holistic approach to keeping vineyard soils healthy and balanced viticulturalist Ernest Manuel employs sustainable farming practices throughout the property. Infrared Aerial Imaging is used extensively in order to monitor ripeness in various vineyard blocks and determine optimal picking times although actual harvesting and production are done almost entirely by hand.
The Den Dulks and winemaker Albie Koch seem 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 the ranks of South Africa’s winemaking elite with their duo of dazzling stylish and complex five-varietal Bordeaux blends: the flagship Fusion V (which debuted in the 1999 vintage and has been hailed by Wine Spectator as a consistently polished outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend) and the Merlot-based Z introduced with the 2004 vintage.
The iconic Left Bank-based blend, De Toren Fusion V is meticulously crafted from Bordeaux’s ‘Noble Five’ varietals and, with its complex flavours of dark sour cherry, a spiciness of tobacco, and a hint of aniseed, it offers a stylish departure for sophisticated oenophilic tastes. This is a stunning expression of a superb vintage as well as terroir.
De Toren Fusion V 2016 reveals a truly pure and complex flavour, with aromas of black cherry, cedar and dark berries. The preceding vintage of this robust, left-bank Bordeaux-style blend, have been granted a stellar 94 Points by both the esteemed Wine Enthusiast & respected Platter’s Wine Guide. An exquisitely stylish departure for sophisticated connoisseur tastes is offered with each luxurious sip. 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. Hence, enjoyment of this vintage will be multiplied with a few years of ageing in your cellar.