2013 De Toren South African (Red Blend) "Z"
Winery: De Toren
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Z"
Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)
Grape blend: 42% Merlot, 21% Malbec, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon & 9% Petit Verdot
State or country: South Africa
Cases produced: 4,500
KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: April 5, 2017
Wine Review: This very black ink colored blend from South Africa opens with a wet stone, graphite and fig bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused old oak, black plum and beef jerky blend. I also detected some hints of black olive. The finish is dry with medium tannins. I would pair this very nice wine with beef brisket. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This "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. Vibrant aromas and flavors of plum, dark berries, black currant and spice combine with classic notes of tobacco and graphite with a hint of vanilla. A clean, balanced acidity integrates with mouth coating tannins that contribute to a long, sophisticated finish.
Organic status: not organic
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