The year 2018 started off on an exceptional high for De Toren and they couldn’t be more thrilled with the De Toren wine range’s most recent reviews and spectacular ratings, as published by the esteemed USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

De Toren Fusion V 2015

Our prestigious De Toren Fusion V 2015, a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux-style blend, was awarded a magnificent 94 Points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It has also been included in the well-regarded Editor’s Choice List – a list or compilation of wines from around the world that offer excellent quality and has distinctive characteristics that merit special attention.

Lauren, Wine Enthusiast Editor’s thoughts…

Deep, brooding scents of black plum, cherry and cassis form the soul of this beautiful, richly concentrated wine. Plenty of liquorice, cigar-box spice and bittersweet cocoa ride atop the fruit core, while notes of green peppercorn, leather and tobacco flesh out the midpalate and flourish on the finish. The crushed-velvet texture offers ample tannic grip and balancing acidity to keep everything in harmony. While it’s hard to resist now, this should shine from 2023–2028.

De Toren Z 2015

The renowned De Toren Z 2015, our prised Merlot dominated Bordeaux-style blend, was also included in Editor’s Choice List, honouring this wine for its unique qualities, which makes it a wine of superior quality. The esteemed USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, awarded the De Toren Z 2015, a Right-Bank Bordeaux blend, an outstanding 93 Points.

In the words of Wine Enthusiast Editor…

Charred hickory and cured bacon waft from the glass, overriding but not completely overpowering the lush, fruity centre. Waves of velvety tannins brush across the palate, lending structure to the ripe black cherry, blackberry and mashed plum-flesh flavours. Final hints of tree bark, liquorice root and black tea unfold on the medium-length finish. It’s delicious now but should evolve well from 2021–2028.

The Black Lion 2015

The powerful The Black Lion 2015, 100% Shiraz, was granted an exceptional 95 Points, securing it the honorary title as South Africa’s Top Shiraz in recent Wine Enthusiast reviews. This extraordinary wine has been included in the Top 100 Cellar Selection – a list that embodies prestige, exceptional age-ability and immense quality. This list also serves as recap of all Wine Enthusiast’s annual tastings and reviews, of wines from around the globe, to help identify the top ones that have incredible cellaring and investment potential.

WE Editor describes SA’s Top Shiraz…

This wine is currently a big, bold beast, with serious concentration and tremendous depth that suggests this wine’s considerable future. Deep aromas and flavours of ripe black cherry, plum and raspberry all abound on the nose and mouth, with an equally intense overlay of whole baking spice, campfire, black tea and pepper. The mouthfeel is bold yet balanced, with a texture like crushed velvet and a long, evolving finish that transitions masterfully from dark fruit flesh to charred cherry and baked plum, and then final notes of espresso bean, black forest cake and tilled earth. Expect even more complexity& layers of flavour to develop with age. Built for long-term cellaring, drink 2023–2033.

Book XVII 2015

The phenomenal Book XVII 2015, a Bordeaux blend, was recognised by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as South Africa’s Top Wine with a glorious 96 Points. This is officially the highest rating ever awarded to an SA wine by the USA publisher. From a total of 20 000+ wines tasted, including 17 countries and the greatest variety of cultivars, the 2015 vintage of this wine has again been included in the Top 100 Cellar Selections – this marks the second consecutive year. The Book XVII 2014 vintage claimed a magnificent 95 Points in the Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections last year, also the highest rating ever given to an SA wine at that time.

Editor, Lauren Buzzeo on SA’s Top Wine…

“This huge, dense and firmly structured bottling absolutely begs for time in the cellar to allow the primary characteristics to mellow and greater elegance and nuance to unfold. Currently, it’s an absolute bruiser, with boatloads of plush, ripe blackberry and plum characteristics that are coupled with seductive notes of campfire, vanilla bean, Thin Mint, wood spice and liquorice root. The assertive tannins produce a bold, extremely firm texture that is in equal measure to the superbly rich and concentrated fruit. Secondary notes of pencil shavings, violets, pipe tobacco and char unfold beneath the fruit and suggest even further evolution and grace to come with time. Drink 2026–2038.”



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