FUSION V

DE TOREN FUSION V was the first wine released, with the maiden vintage in 1999. The name refers to the ‘fusing’ together of the five Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. The FUSION V vineyards have soils with a higher gravel content, favouring the growing of Cabernet Sauvignon, and receive long afternoon sun exposure resulting in deeper colour and flavour intensities. Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of this wine and it makes up between 50-60% of the final blend.

ORDER FUSION V 2011

The intense, dark colour lures one closer, to discover a rich, perfumed, classic Bordeaux styled nose. The focus and clarity of deep, ripe, dark fruit seduce the senses, compelling you towards further investigation, revealing subtle, supporting layers of oriental spices, rose petals and a slight minerality.

Tasting this wine reveals a perfect complement to the bouquet. The core of concentrated ripe juicy black berries are perfectly supported and respected by fine grained oak integration, giving this wine a long, lingering finish ending off delicately sweet, long after the last sip…

ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING:

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18 degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions, this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES:

Cabernet Sauvignon:51%
Malbec:20%
Merlot:15%
Cabernet Franc:10%
Petit Verdot:4%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:15%
Sugar:3.0 g/l
Acidity:5.7 g/l
pH:3.56

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225 Liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit of American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Robert J Parker Jr’s Wine Advocate 90 Points

The 2011 Fusion V offers a smooth, quite voluptuous bouquet with dark cherries, plum and salted licorice that is well-defined. The palate shows admirable clarity with supple tannins, fleshy raspberry and red currant fruit that dovetail into a composed, harmonious finish that lingers long in the mouth. Lovely. Drink now-2018.” – Neal Martin

A dark intense colour reveals levels of fine spices and an array of flavours combined. Intensive Black fruit, wood tannins combine with well integrated ripe grape tannins to create an intense wine has never been achieved before. A powerful earthy wine with an elegant palate that has a long, sweet finish with a creamy richness.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING:

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18 degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions, this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES:

Cabernet Sauvignon:57%
Merlot:14%
Malbec:13%
Cabernet Franc:11%
Petit Verdot:5%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:15%
Sugar:3.09 g/l
Acidity:5.61 g/l
pH:3.58

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225 Liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit of American Oak

ACCOLADES

Robert J Parker Jr’s Wine Advocate 92 Points

It has a ripe blackberry, dark cherry, mint and tobacco scented bouquet with well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with burnt toast and a touch of bacon fat on the entry. The oak is a little pronounced but in synch with the fruit and they should meld together nicely. There is a lovely peppery prickle on the finish. Excellent. Drink now-2020.  -Neal Martin

Wine Spectator 92 Points

Offers mint, cocoa and anise notes, with accents of plum sauce, blackberry preserves and fig paste. The finish drips with rich fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. — J.M.

Stephen Tanzer 91 Points

Good deep red-ruby.  Super ripe aromas of blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and pepper.  Silky and seamless in the mouth, offering impressively concentrated black fruit, spice, licorice and mineral flavors framed by harmonious acidity.  This wine’s three grams per liter of residual sugar are virtually erased on the firm-edged finish.  A slight oaky bitterness in conjunction with the wine’s high alcohol kept my score down.

Terroirist 93 Points

The nose… where to start? Plum cake, fig, currant jam, cedar, pine needles, mocha. Wow. Tart acid on the palate, firm tannins, and generous fruit. Plums and currants mix with earth and cedar and black olive. This is granite-structured, but the acid is wonderful. The notes of bay leaf and potting soil pay homage to the Old World, but the fruit has such richness. Aged 12 months in 50% new oak, but the toast and mocha flavors are extremely well-integrated. This wine is showing wonderfully now, but it’s a big one that will be even more interesting in five or eight years. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (93 points IJB)

John Platter Wine Guide – 4 stars  - 2013 Guide

Second Best Red Wine at the Winex Johannesburg Show 2012

Falstaff Magazine (Germany & Austria) 93 Points

Rene Gabriel (Switzerland) 19/20

Fine spices and dark chocolate infused liquorice surprise on the nose. Tasting this aromatic and delicately concentrated wine reveals blackcurrant, dried plumbs and fresh rose petals. A hint of black pepper with a dash of rocket salad leaves finishes the taste sensation. This wine is well structured and held up by a firm but elegant tannins that has a soft and sweet finish as it tip toes down your throat. The 2009 vintage may be paired with robust meats and aroma filled red meat dishes.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE;ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING:

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18 degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions, this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES:

Cabernet Sauvignon:60%
Cabernet Franc:12%
Malbec:11%
Merlot:10%
Petit Verdot:7%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:15%
Sugar:3.02 g/l
Acidity:5.88 g/l
pH:3.54

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225 Liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit of American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Wine Enthuisiast – 94 Points Top 100 Wines #27 “Editors Choice”

A layered and complex wine, the 2009 Fusion V is one remarkable selection that’s delicious now, although it certainly shows the stuffing to age well for another three to five years, at least. Forward sweet-oak notes marry harmoniously with black-fruit aromas on the nose. The robust, dense palate offers ripe flavors of cassis, blackberry and plum, with accents of leather, tobacco and licorice that linger long into the finish. Chewy, gripping tannins provide a firm structure, framing the full fruit flavors. – L.B.

Wine Spectator – 92 Points

Rich and polished, with nicely layered dark currant, fig and coffee notes wrapped with ample but integrated toast. The long, cocoa powder-filled finish hangs on nicely – J.M.

Mundus Vini Wine Awards (Germany) – Gold Medal

John Platter Wine Guide - 5 Stars

Ken’s Wine Guide – 93 Points

This opaque and very dark purple colored wine opens with a smoky oak, flint, and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused blueberry with hints of coffee and gentle plum. The finish is dry and its fruit and old oak tannins linger nicely. This wine would pair well beef bourguignon. Enjoy – Ken

Best Red Wine at the 2011 Show at Winex Johannesburg 2011

International Wine Review – 94 Points

Approach on the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon based blend shows elegance with hints of sweet candy floss and cacao. The intense colour is followed by an aura of liquorice, black chocolate and blackberries. Mull this wine on your palate and it reveals well balanced tannins combined with carefully extracted oak is which gives the wine the structures and depth to become even greater with careful cellaring. River rock minerality combines with sweetness and ensures a lasting impression after a sip of this milk made for angels. A wine to be paired with robust meats and aroma filled meat dishes.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING:

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18 degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions, this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:56%
Cabernet Franc:20%
Malbec:12%
Merlot:7%
Petit Verdot:5%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.09 g/l
Acidity:5.71 g/l
pH:3.55

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225 Liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit of American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points, Voted 68th of Top 100 Wines of the World 

A stunning wine loaded with nuance and complexity, Fusion V is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 7% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Spicy accents of leather, tobacco and cured meat add intrigue to the dark fruit core, while pepper and sweet licorice spice infuse the long finish. It’s textured like crushed velvet with a firm structure of dusty tannins that linger. Drink now-2014. Imported by Cape Classics – L.B.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: 93 Points

Full medium ruby. Sexy dark fruits, coffee and spices on the nose. Then lush, sweet and seamless, with glossy flavors of red and dark berries, truffle and spices. Wonderfully ripe, velvety wine with sweet tannins, superb balance and impressive length. A very classy, harmonious wine in a rather New World style

Wine Spectator – USA: 90 Points

A sleek, solid and focused red, with hints of grilled herb and toast well-integrated into the core of red currant and damson plum fruit. A touch of red licorice adds length to the finish. A remark¬ably consistent wine from year to year. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2013.—J.M

John Platter Wine Guide: 4½ stars (Nominated for 5 Stars)

Rated Top Five Best Red Wine on Show at Winex Johannesburg 2010

A plethora of flavours is introduced upon the approach to this classic Bordeaux styled wine. The almost edible depth created by the dark, intensive color compels you towards further investigation. The nose is characterized by strong ripe, black fruits along with tones of nougat, cherries, liquorice and cedar showcasing a compelling display of dark, ripe elegance. A subtle minerality reminiscence of the Cabernet Sauvignon’s dominance, reminds of hot, river stones. This perfectly balanced melody of fruit, oak and lush ripe tannins ensures another remarkable vintage, which raises the curtain for great longevity. Definitely the phantom of this Opera!

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18 degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions, this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:55%
Cabernet Franc:15%
Malbec:15%
Merlot:10%
Petit Verdot:5%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.1 g/l
Acidity:5.85 g/l
pH:3.56

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225 Liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit of American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

Rated 74th out of the Top 100 Wines of the World

Wine Spectator 91 Points

Ken’s Wine Guide USA 93.3 Points

This wine is always one of the best red wines coming out of South Africa. The 2007 vintage lives up to that reputation. This very dark purple colored red blend opens with a very pleasant cranberry and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced and fruit forward when first opened. As air permeates the wine, its classic South African oak characteristics start to emerge. On the whole, the flavor profile is a very tasty black raspberry with notes of integrated smoky old oak and a hint of blueberry. The finish is dry and it displays moderate tannins and some blackberry notes as well. This wine will pair well with a NY strip steak from Grill 23. Enjoy – Ken

Decanter Magazine (Jan 2010) 5 Stars

John Platter Wine Guide 4 ½ Stars (nominated for 5 stars)

Rated 2nd Best Red Wine at “Winex Johannesburg and Talk Radio 702 Best Wine on Show Awards 2009”

Rated Top Ten Best Red Wine on Show at Winex Cape Town 2009

Wine Magazine SA 5 Stars

Intensive purple/black in colour with satin rim. sweet ripe fruits with the freshness of rose petals that open up to an earthiness, sweet sugars, cinnamon and liquorish that talks to different parts of the palate at the same time. Mineral tones greet you at first, followed by sweet ripe blackcurrant, cinnamon, caramel and liquorish. The flavours that remain on the palate after it is swallowed are long lasting. The fusion of acidity, ripe tannin structure and complexity derived from the five varieties, combines to bring out the best in this stunning vintage. The Carbernet Sauvignon dominance in this Bordeaux style blend will see the wine age way into the future.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:55%
Malbec:14%
Merlot:14%
Cabernet Franc:10%
Petit Verdot:7%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.1 g/l
Acidity:5.85 g/l
pH:3.56

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16 degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225 liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Wine Enthusiast: 91 Points

The Fusion is a beautiful blend of black currant, mocha and anise on the nose and palate, unfolding in rich, ripe layers. Integrated but still ageable, it’s an elegant Bordeaux-style blend that marries the excitement of South African spice with the sophistication of a French red blend. Imported by Cape Classics. Editors’ Choice. —S.K.

 Stephen Tanzer: 91+ Points

Deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate, smoky oak and graphite. Tightly coiled yet sweet, with the wine’s firm spine currently dominating flavors of dark berries, graphite, fresh herbs and tobacco leaf. This is broader but more backward than the Z, showing little in the way of early sweetness, and yet the tannins are nobler. Give this one a lot of air if you plan to open it anytime soon, or lay it down for four or five years. (Cape Classics, NY).

Wine Spectator: 90 Points

John Platter 2009 5 stars

Top Ten of Best Red Wine at Winex Cape Town and Johannesburg

Intensive purple/black in colour with satin rim. Sweet ripe fruits with the freshness of rose petals that open up to an earthiness, sweet sugars, cinnamon and liquorish that talks to different parts of the palate at the same time.

Black fruits, cherries, peach and caramel is well integrated to create a classic but muscular style that lingers long after consumed and entices you to take another sip almost immediately.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

To release all the flavours please decant at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18degrees Celsius)

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:57%
Malbec:14%
Merlot:14%
Cabernet Franc:11%
Petit Verdot:4%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.2 g/l
Acidity:5.9 g/l
pH:3.66

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points

The assertive elegance of a French Bordeaux is present here, but the Fusion also has a South African edge to it that gives it extra appeal. The nose, a subtle layering of luscious berry, minerality and spice, rolls into a clean, taut but flirty combination of plum and pepper, edged very quietly by tobacco smoke. Serious but with a feminine touch, this wine is made for food pairing. Imported by Cape Classics. Editor’s Choice. – S.K.

Wine Spectator – USA 92 Points

Sleek, modern style with raspberry and cassis fruit flavors layered with suave mocha and tobacco notes. Ample concentration, with a long, polished finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The best vintage yet for this very consistent wine. Drink now through 2010. 560 cases imported. —J.M.

Ken’s Wine Guide USA 94.3 Points

I have tasted through quite a few South African Wines over the last few months and this Bordeaux blend wine from DE TOREN is one of the best reds I have tried. This dark purple wine opens with a very inviting spicy blueberry like bouquet with hints of oak. On the palate, this wine is smooth, soft and well balanced. It has a very approachable style to it that would appeal to both old and new world fans. The wine displays juicy blackberry and plum like flavours with some mild oak influence that is also present. The finish is nicely dry, has lingering fine tannins and slowly fades after you swallow it. It is an absolutely delicious wine that would pair perfectly with rib eye steak at your favourite steakhouse. Enjoy this beauty.

Weinwisser 2009 19/20

Eye catching dark intense colour with lots of crimson jerks. Intense fruit bouquet with subtle terroir relish, breadcrum; noble and multi layered. Indeed nearly royalty in it’s formulation. On the pallet very decent with mild harmonic tannins. Beautifully balanced.

John Platter Wine Guide 4 1/2 stars

Wine Magazine SA 4 stars

Smart Investors and Editor’s Choice

Best Red Wine On Show at WineX Cape Town and Johannesburg

This is a wine show where the public gets their chance to rate the best wine they have tasted on the evening. With approximately 20% of the visitors to the show completing ballots for the Best-Wine-On-Show Awards, the voting represents the Countries’ most substantial public opinion poll of wine preferences. As in previous years, the Cape Town public identified some of the country’s best known wines on their voting forms.

A very complex flavour profile of cloves, black fruit cinnamon and liquorish on the approach gives way to a rich creaminess with a long lingering after taste. The five varietals have integrated beautifully with the oak and is in perfect balance with integrated acidity giving the platform for freshness that will insure great ageing in the years to come.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

This wine will benefit tremendously if it is decanted at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18) degrees Celsius.

AGEING POTENTIAL

If stored in optimal conditions this wine should last 10 – 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:55%
Cabernet Franc:20%
Merlot:20%
Malbec:10%
Petit Verdot:5%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:1.68 g/l
Acidity:5.75 g/l
pH:3.61

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Aged in a climatized barrel room (16degrees Celsius at 80% humidity) for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second fill, 225liter Oak barrels. Ninety percent French Oak and Malbec had the benefit American Oak.

ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator – USA 91 Points

This features a good, solid beam of raspberry and fig fruit, along with fig, mocha and cocoa notes. Nice length, with a vibrant minerally spine on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2009. 300 cases imported. -J.M.

Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Online Edition 91 Points

($45; a Bordeaux blend based on 55% cabernet sauvignon; aged for two years in mostly French oak, 50% new) Full red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackcurrant, minerals, bitter chocolate and licorice. Supple, suave and impressively concentrated, but far more backward than the Z owing to its higher percentage of cabernet sauvignon (55%, vs. 34%). Densely packed and minerally, in the understated style of a traditionally made Bordeaux . Very long and subtle on the back end. Needs at least five or six years of aging. (Cape Classics , New York , NY)

Wine and Spirits Magazine USA 91 Points

John Platter Wine Guide 4 1/2 stars

Rated Best Red Wine at Winex Cape Town and Johannesburg Visitor Index

Deep, dark purple with rim. Immediate impression of fine style and harmony. Full range of aromas from floral, red berry and oak to fresh earth, dry herb and sweet spice. Well-rounded mouth with full body and massive impact of fruit and spice. Great balance with fine elegance. Chewy but ripe tannins and massive, long finish. Going to reward long cellaring.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

This wine will benefit tremendously if it is decanted at least one hour before consumption.It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over 10 to 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:55%
Merlot:18%
Malbec:14.5%
Cabernet Franc:9.5%
Petit Verdot:3%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.04 g/l
Acidity:5.94 g/l
pH:3.75

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Matured for 12 months in new and 2 nd fill 225 litre tight-grained French and American oak barrels.

ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator – USA 91 Points

Wine of the Week: In this instance the highly respected Wine Spectator`s Senior Editor James Molesworth presented his verdict on the DE TOREN Fusion V 2003 and pronounced it as his Wine of the Week, complete with a 91 point rating.

London International Wine and Spirits Challenge – Best In Class

Judges’ Tasting Notes: Deep, dark purple with blue rim. Immediate impression of fine style and harmony. Full range of aromas from floral, red berry and oak to fresh earth, dry herb and sweet spice. Well-rounded mouth with full body and massive impact of fruit and spice. Great balance with fine elegance. Chewy but ripe tannins and massive, long finish. Going to reward long cellaring.

John Platter Wine Guide 4 1/2 stars

Rated Best Red Wine at Winex Cape Town and Johannesburg 2005

An enigma of flavours is revealed as the wine opens up. With time delicate and voluptuous raspberry, black currant, liquorice and sweet oak flavours come to the front. The palette shows off a long lingering subtle caramel after taste. This elegant lady sets the ambience in her satin smooth dress, and there is enough charisma in this wine to be enjoyed way into the future.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

This wine will benefit tremendously if it is decanted at least one hour before consumption. I t is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18 degrees Celsius)

AGEING POTENTIAL

Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over 10 to 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:60%
Malbec:14%
Merlot:14%
Cabernet Franc:8%
Petit Verdot:4%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.89 g/l
Acidity:5.49 g/l
pH:3.6

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Matured for 12 months in new and 2 nd fill 225 litre tight-grained French and American oak barrels.

ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator – USA 89 Points

Decanter Magazine 5 stars

(South Africa) This is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The first vintage of this flagship wine was 1999, and the blend remains very similar from year to year. Less bold in style than earlier vintages, this is firm with delicate raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, and still tight. Drink 2007 – 19.

Wine of the Month Club 2005 Platinum Award

Proefschrift Magazine – Holland

Rated best red wine in the world in it’s category 5 stars the year.

John Platter Wine Guide: Nominated for 5 stars – Received 4 1/2 Stars

2002 National Young Wine Show Champion, Gold Medal and Bakke Industry Trophy

One of the components of DE TOREN Fusion V is Cabernet franc. We entered all the individual constituents of Fusion V 2002, for this annual competition. The wines were only 3 months old and had been in wood for just one month. In the category Wooded Cabernet Franc the Fusion V Cabernet franc was appointed national champion.

 A gold medal and the Bakke Industry Trophy were awarded.

Rated best red Wine at Winex Wine Show Johannesburg

Deep purple with bright rim. Rich blackcurrant fruit on the nose with ripe plum, cherry and sweet spice. Floral notes of violet and dark rose fill in at the back with vanilla and cinnamon. Big, full mouth loaded with ripe berry fruits and sweet spice all in fine order with good acidity and soft, supple tannins. Beautifully balanced with great elegance. Ripe fruit continues into long finish where supple tannins give good grip. Accessible now yet will reward further with aging.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

This wine will benefit tremendously if it is decanted at least one hour before consumption.It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18degrees Celsius)

AGEING POTENTIAL

Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over 10 to 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:57%
Cabernet Franc:14%
Malbec:14%
Merlot:11%
Petit Verdot:4%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:14.5%
Sugar:2.89 g/l
Acidity:1.89 g/l
pH:3

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Matured for 12 months in new and 2 nd fill 225 litre tight- grained French and American oak barrels.

ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator – USA 91 Points

Very sleek, polished, modern style, with loads of ripe, dark blackberry and black currant fruit, and a healthy dose of sweet smoke as well. Deceptively concentrated, this glides really easily across the palate to a lengthy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Decanter Magazine 4 1/2 stars

International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2005 Gold Medal

DE TOREN Fusion V was awarded one of only five gold medals awarded to Bordeaux style blends. The competition has more than 3000 entries from 19 countries.

“Deep purple with bright rim. Rich blackcurrant fruit on the nose with ripe plum, cherry and sweet spice. Floral notes of violet and dark rose fill in at the back with vanilla and cinnamon. Big, full mouth loaded with ripe berry fruits and sweet spice all in fine order with good acidity and soft, supple tannins. Beautifully balanced with great elegance. Ripe fruit continues into long finish where supple tannins give good grip. Accessible now yet will reward further with aging.”

John Platter Wine Guide 4 1/2 stars

Wine Magazine SA 4 stars

Expovina – Switzerland 92 Points

2001 National Young Wine Show Champion (Malbec constituent rated best Malbec in the country)

Rated Best Red Wine at Winex Johannesburg

Deep red wine with well rounded tannins, full structure, intense aromatic flavours of fruit cake, red berries, licorice and chocolate integrate well. Intense colour. Berry, cassis and evident oak marry beautifully in the nose. Palate medium-bodied with great elegance: ripe, dense tannins and persistence in the length. Serve with poultry, pastas, grilled meats.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

This wine will benefit tremendously if it is decanted at least one hour before consumption.It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18degrees Celsius).

AGEING POTENTIAL

Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over 10 to 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:60%
Cabernet Franc:13%
Malbec:13%
Merlot:10%
Petit Verdot:4%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:13.5%
Sugar:1.8 g/l
Acidity:2.14 g/l
pH:3.6

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Matured for 12 months in new and 2nd fill 225l tight grained French and American Oak Barrels.

ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator – USA 90 Points

Decanter Magazine 4 ½ stars 

Weinwisser Switzerland, 5th best Cabernet based wine in the world

John Platter Wine Guide 4 ½ stars 

Wine Magazine SA 4 stars

2000 National Young Wine Show Champion (Malbec constituent rated best Malbec in the country)

Participated in the Nederburg Auction

We took part for the second time in the Nederburg Auction. This year we decided to put our DE TOREN Fusion V 2000 Directors Reserve up for Auction. Many of you might not have heard of the Directors Reserve. Only 300 cases were made and this wine was never sold in South Africa. – A real collector’s item. Twenty wooden cases of 6 were put on auction. We achieved a whopping average price of R 693.50 per bottle incl VAT. This translates into US$ 114.00 per bottle; € 86.00 or £ 62.00 per bottle.

Deep red wine with well rounded, full of structure. Intense aromatic flavours of fruitcake, berries, liquorice and chocolate integrate well. Rich, sweet wild berries layered with mint and fragrant cedary spice; warm, baked fruit appears in palate with good dusty oak and fine dry tannins – attractive counterpoints to the densely textured flavours.

VINTAGE NO LONGER AVAILABLE; ORDER FUSION V 2011

DECANTING

This wine will benefit tremendously if it is decanted at least one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18degrees Celsius)

AGING POTENTIAL

Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over 10 to 15 years.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon:56%
Cabernet Franc:20%
Malbec:10%
Merlot:10%
Petit Verdot:4%

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol:13.5%
Sugar:2.14 g/l
Acidity:6.5 g/l
pH:3.7

MATURATION IN BARRELS

Matured for 12 months in new and 2 nd fill 225 litre tight- grained French and American oak barrels.

ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator – USA 90 Points

“Outstanding – superior character and style”

Robert J Parker Jr’s Wine Advocate 90 Points

2001 London International Wine & Spirits Challenge Gold Medal

“Deep purple with bright rim. Rich blackcurrant fruit on the nose with ripe plum, cherry and sweet spice. Floral notes of violet and dark rose fill in at the back with vanilla and cinnamon. Big, full mouth loaded with ripe berry fruits and sweet spice all in fine order with good acidity and soft, supple tannins. Beautifully balanced with great elegance. Ripe fruit continues into long finish where supple tannins give good grip. Accessible now yet will reward further with aging.”

Virgin Wines Customer Ratings 5 stars

John Platter Wine Guide 4 stars

Wine Magazine SA 4 stars