2012 De Toren South African (Red Blend) "Z"
Winery: De Toren
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Z"
Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)
Grape blend: 38% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, & 8% Petit Verdot
State or country: South Africa
Cases produced: 448
KWG Score: 92.6 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: January 15, 2016
Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored blend from De Toren opens with a red raspberry and craisin bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a forward mineral infused black currant and black plum with notes of black licorice, cedar and a hint of espresso in the end. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins are nicely extended. This wine will pair well with slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This sophisticated "Right Bank-styled" Bordeaux blend debuted in the 2004 vintage as a complement to De Toren's legendary "Left Bank-styled" Fusion V. A higher proportion of Merlot makes this delicious red softer and more approachable in its youth than its blockbuster sibling. It delivers intense, alluring aromas and flavors of plum, dark berries, black currant and spice along with classic notes of tobacco, graphite and leather with hints of rose petal.
Organic status: not organic
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