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.
Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 225L French and American Oak. Malbec had the benefit of American Oak.
De Toren Z 2016 comprises a symphonic blend of the five Bordeaux varietals, dominated by Merlot. This Right-Bank Bordeaux-style blend showcases aromas of red fruits, mulberries & blueberries. It’s tantalizingly soft on the tongue. A pure and soft integration of oak, lends a creamy finish with a hint of aniseed on the nose. It follows through perfectly on the palate, revealing juicy-red fruit. The integrated, complex and finely knit tannins of this Merlot-dominant blend finish of velvety, yet the blend is vibrant and expressive.