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Fusion V

Fusion V

Stellenbosch, De Toren, 2015

750 ml
CHF 47.–
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Producer: De Toren
Origin: South Africa / Coastal Region / Stellenbosch
Other vintages:
CHF 47.–
In stock
Article nr. 53021715
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Producer: De Toren
Origin: South Africa / Coastal Region / Stellenbosch
Other vintages:

Description

De Toren Fusion V is the iconic Left Bank Blend, painstakingly crafted from the «Noble Five» Bordeaux grape varieties. An elegant bouquet of ripe plums, dates, Amarena cherries, lilac, plus a hint of anise and vanilla. With its complex aromas of liquorice, black cherry, cedar and dark berries, it offers a prelude for demanding palates. Silky soft, with a suggestion of sweet fruit. A full-bodied finish that lingers persistently after the last sip. This wine has significant ageing potential and gains further depth and intensity as it matures in the bottle.

Attributes

Origin: South Africa / Coastal Region / Stellenbosch
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Serving temperature: 15 to 18 °C
Drinking suggestion: Spiced grillades, Saddle of lamb fillet with herb jus, Bistecca fiorentina, T-Bone steak, Wild specialities
Volume: 14.5 %
Producers

De Toren

De Toren is one of the first wineries in South Africa to producing classic Bordeaux-style wines. Since its foundation, the De Toren vision has been and remains the reinterpretation of the Bordeaux concept and to create unique South African wines from the five grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. De Toren is one of the first wineries in South Africa to producing classic Bordeaux-style wines. Since its foundation, the De Toren vision has been and remains the reinterpretation of the Bordeaux concept and to create unique South African wines from the five grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

This acclaimed winery is located at the highest point of the Polkadraai Road in the Polkadraai Hills, boasting a view over False Bay and onward to the Atlantic Ocean.

The name of the vineyard farm «Kleine Uitzicht» - or «Little Vista» in English - relates to its splendid 180-degree panorama. Ranging from Table Mountain in the west, across Muizenberg and Somerset West on the Atlantic Ocean in the south, then on to the mountains of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in the east, the views and scenery are simply breathtaking.  

As visitors progress up the road towards the vineyards they are immediately struck by the sight of the tower («de Toren» in Dutch and the Afrikaans vernacular). De Toren was the first wine estate in South Africa to convey its wine over the various levels exclusively by gravity. This is achieved via a lift installed inside the tower that employs this force to gently displace the wine, rather than the harsher mechanical procedure using pumps.

A sensitive approach and a profound respect for nature in the care of the vineyards, combined with meticulous attention to detail in the cellar environment, have determined all processes from the outset. From those very early beginnings, Albie Koch was responsible for De Toren's outstanding reputation and overwhelming success. Unsurprisingly, by 2016 already, De Toren had positioned itself among the top 10 red wine producers in South Africa according to the South African Wine Index. Just one year later, the winery was voted New World Winery of the Year by the leading Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Since 2018, De Toren has transferred primarily to Swiss ownership. In addition to the two main shareholders, Cedric N. Schweri and Daniel R. Mueller, the latter having assumed prime responsibility as CEO. Albie Koch heads the vineyard estate on site; he is also the Managing Partner.

In 2011, Charles Williams took over as Cellar Master from Albie Koch. He not only cultivates this established heritage with expertise and skill, but also with a passion and love for nature dedicated to producing truly unique wines that are full of character and reflect their distinctive South African origins, soils and microclimate in each glass.

Grape varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

The backbone of Bordeaux

The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the Bordeaux its backbone, yielding deep violet wines with powerful tannins and endless ripening potential. It is the top dog in Médoc, and is placed in all five premier crus of Bordelais. When young, it often appears strict and unapproachable, but with advancing years, its tannins round off. It is wonderfully velvety, and yet always maintains its freshness. Typical flavours include cassis, graphite and cedar. Wherever Cabernet Sauvignon is found, Merlot is not far away. It complements the robust structure of Cabernet with softness, fruit and richness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the most-exported vine in the world. It delivers persuasive qualities in Italy as an ingredient of the Super Tuscan, or as the flagship variety from California. There, it is lovingly titled “Cab Sauv”. Meat fans should be aware that it fantastically accompanies a grilled entrecôte. The family tree of Cabernet Sauvignon is surprising: its parents are Cabernet Franc and the white Sauvignon blanc.

Petit Verdot

Bordeaux’s secret weapon

It is commonly said that the Petit Verdot originated in Bordeaux. But genetically, it is closer to a group of vines from near the Pyrenees, which are most likely descended from wild clematis. In French, these wild plants are called “lambrusques”, and the Petit Verdot is also known under the synonym Lumbrusquet. It is a high quality grape: very dark and spicy with notes of cassis and graphite, plenty of robust tannins and strong acidity. Most major Bordeaux contain a small proportion of Petit Verdot. Appropriately, it is valued wherever wines are produced according to the Bordeaux recipe. For example, in Italian Maremma or in California, where it covers the largest area worldwide. It is almost never vinified purely by itself. Incidentally, its name, derived from “vert”, meaning green, alludes to its Achilles heel: in cool weather it tends to form small, seedless green grapes.

Cabernet Franc

Forefather of the Bordeaux varieties

The Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest varieties of Bordelais and a parent of three other red grapes in the Bordeaux assortment: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère. It is distinguished by its complex, flavourful bouquet of raspberry, graphite, violet, liquorice and white pepper. In addition, it presents round, crisp tannins which turn out less strongly than those of Cabernet Sauvignon. While the Cabernet Franc always appears as part of a blend in Bordeaux, it is pressed alone on the Loire. The most renowned appellations are Chinon and Bourgueil. Incidentally, the Cabernet originates not in Bordeaux but in the Spanish Basque Country. Cabernet owes its name to the Latin “carbon”, meaning black.

Merlot

Everybody’s darling

Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.

Malbec

New Home, New Fortune

The Malbec once belonged to the classic assortment of varieties from Bordeaux. But it was demanding to cultivate, and in the changeable climate of the Bordelais it often became green and herbaceous, so winemakers replaced it with Merlot in the middle of the 20th century. Luckily, the Malbec found a new home in Argentina. In 1868, a Frenchman brought the first stocks along to the land of the Andes. Today, the Malbec is the most-planted variety there. Especially in Mendoza, it shows what it can do: it yields very dark, well-structured wines with aromas of black fruit, violets and game. They just call out for an Argentinean steak! The Malbec has its origins in Cahors, in southwestern France. There, it is kept today under the name Cot. Due to their earthy tannins, in the middle ages the growths from this area were also called "the black wines of Cahors".

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