De Toren

De Toren

Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Blend 2012

3.5 years since I have been back to this one. It seems to have condensed a bit, matured an lot. Said 4 to 5 years 3.5 years ago but probably should have said 12-15! This wine isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Blackberry, mulberry, clove and sweet plums, hint of chocolate and truffle. Bordering full bodied, this has a noteworthy rounded nature on the palate with a sweet toasted oak tannin that shows early and makes this one finish strong. Always impressed by these wines. — 19 days ago

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Shay A

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No rush on my ‘14 then!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Shay A NO rush at ALL. I would say for that 14, 2025 would be appropriate!!

De Toren

Book 17 XVII Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Spectacular. Rich, complex, heavy blackberry notes yet chocolatey smooth and just slightly smoked, lingering, luscious. An absolute beauty. — 2 years ago

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere Ale

Classic, almost a perfect saison — 3 years ago

De Toren

Z Merlot Blend 2014

Splendido! — 3 months ago

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De Toren

The Black Lion Stellenbosch Shiraz 2014

Greg Ballington
9.4

Night seven on the Allure of the Seas and this time at we are ordering in for some room service from the specialty restaurants.

Medium ruby red, a bit lighter than expected. Love the layers and complexity on the nose, starting off with some chalk, gamey notes, iron and tons of minerality. Started to open up with some more smokey notes, caramel and tight dark berries. Definitely more on the savory side of Shiraz. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Tons of structure and balanced acidity. Attack of black olives on the palate with some plums, dried black cherries and raspberries. Got a bit fruitier as it aired with some meaty undertones. Long and dry finish. So much going on with this wine, sadly it was our only bottle. Drink till 2042. (94+)

First time trying this limited bottling Shiraz by De Toren Private Cellars with only 883 bottles produced in the 2014 vintage. This wine is made through the use of extreme winemaking techniques similar to the Book XVII such as extreme cropping, extensive hand sorting, 200% new French oak for a total of 18 months and unfiltered. You are probably wondering how it can be 200%? This is done by aging the wine in 100% new French oak barrels for twelve months before transferring them to another set of 100% new French oak barrels for six additional months. Definitely would buy again, release price was R2,250.
— 2 years ago

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Ryan Mayes

Ryan Mayes

Interesting. Not too much oak?
TheSkip

TheSkip

Savory with all that oak? Would have thought it would have been like a vanilla cupcake.
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Great notes

Reyneke

Reserve Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Greg Ballington
9.5

Reyneke Reserve Red 2008. This wine was brought by my father for all of us to try. This was a PNP, but before I got to tasting this wine it was in the glass and decanter for around an hour and a half. The color is garnet which to me means mainly red with a slight brown hue, more red than brick and it is clear, not cloudy. One part that can really leave an impression on me within a wine is the nose and the nose is crazy on this wine, I love it! Leather, tobacco, bacon, earthiness, perfume, and flowers like violet and maybe honeysuckle. Within the palate there are strong tannins (but not overpowering) that made my mouth feel insanely furry, not drying out like sandpaper. Balanced with a full body and long lingering finish. Wine is absolutely delicious and savory. There is so much going on it is hard to describe it all. The longer you leave it open the more it opens up and the more the wine changes. As for longevity, I believe this has enough power and body to go on for another 10 years easily.

This wine was a big surprise for me. I am a fan of South African wines, I will actually be visiting Stellenbosch in December. I love the earthy notes and animal notes that come out of wines from the region. I know we will be visiting De Toren which is right next to Reyneke, so I think this might have to be a must stop. Loved this wine!
— 4 years ago

Brouwerij De Glazen Toren

Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel

Tsuyoshi Enoki
9.0

Ondineke De Glazen Toren
Oilsjtersen tripel/
Creamy smooth bubbles, deep and unclear yellow.
Tasty note of bread, yeast, barley malt, hop, camomile, olive and custard cream , juicy note of apple, pineapple and cider, spicy and bitter nuance of coriander and Japanese mugwort.
Creamy and rich attack, deep bitter finish
— a year ago

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De Toren

Délicate Red Bordeaux Blend

Delicious berry flavours, and a smooth red. — 2 years ago

Boekenhoutskloof

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

De Toren is leeg dus op naar Boekenhoutskloof. Ook een heerlijk glas, prima drinkbaar nu. Met name de mooie zuren in deze wijn spreken mij aan. Topglas! — 3 years ago

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