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2013 De Toren South African (Red Blend) "Fusion V"

Winery: De Toren

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Fusion V"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc, & 7% Petit Verdot

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $60

Cases produced: 3,920

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: January 18, 2017

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored blend from South Africa opens with a black cherry bouquet with hints of fig and minerality. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a cedar influenced strawberry with notes of minerality, red currant and a hint of black cherry. The finish is dry and its very mild tannins and fruit flavors are nicely prolonged. This wine would pair well with a lamb chop. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The Cape's first five-varietal Bordeaux blend, Fusion V has become one of South Africa's most sought-after and iconic bottlings. The nose reveals vibrant, tightly knit aromas of creamy black and red berries, with supporting nuances of dark, bitter chocolate, leather, cedar as well as hints of black pepper. The palate is very elegantly packaged, a true left bank Bordeaux styled blend, showing amazing concentration and complexity as well as restraint. The wine entices with flavors of clean black and red fruit, a perfectly balanced acidity, finished off with fine, integrated tannins.

Organic status: not organic

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