De Toren

Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Blend

9.2210 ratings
9.031 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Meredith Hu

Dried pyrazene and tobacco, yet fresh and juicy blackberries and dark cherries on the palate. Moderate acid, quite tannic. Mostly Cabernet Sauv.

Dried pyrazene and tobacco, yet fresh and juicy blackberries and dark cherries on the palate. Moderate acid, quite tannic. Mostly Cabernet Sauv.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Always trying to spread the love and give a little bit of knowledge about South African wines. We decided to bring a solid Bordeaux Blend to share with some new friends at Hatchet Hall in LA.

Deep and dark ruby red with purple hues. Dark spices on the nose with some gravel, cassis and dark black cherries. Medium plus dry tannins (7.5/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Definitely benefited from the short decant. Layered palate with notes of dark red berries, minerality, and some sweet spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2028. (92+)

Always trying to spread the love and give a little bit of knowledge about South African wines. We decided to bring a solid Bordeaux Blend to share with some new friends at Hatchet Hall in LA.

Deep and dark ruby red with purple hues. Dark spices on the nose with some gravel, cassis and dark black cherries. Medium plus dry tannins (7.5/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Definitely benefited from the short decant. Layered palate with notes of dark red berries, minerality, and some sweet spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2028. (92+)

May 24th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Ninth red wine at our annual DMV South African wine tasting. Medium to deep ruby red. Muted nose to start with notes of iron, cassis, dark sweet spices, and cocoa. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Almost caramel like on the palate with vanilla and dark berries. Nice level of richness and very long finish. Drink till 2028.

Ninth red wine at our annual DMV South African wine tasting. Medium to deep ruby red. Muted nose to start with notes of iron, cassis, dark sweet spices, and cocoa. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Almost caramel like on the palate with vanilla and dark berries. Nice level of richness and very long finish. Drink till 2028.

Mar 5th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Third wine with Charles at De Toren. Set to be release in early 2018 similar to the Z.

Darker than the Z, deep and dark ruby red. Needed to open up a little bit on the nose. Gained some dark cocoa on the nose with minerality, pepper and dusty notes. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Darker berries on the palate with some black cherries, cassis and a touch savory in the backend. Dry and long finish. Drink till 2030.

Made up of around 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and around 16% Malbec, the rest is made up of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Third wine with Charles at De Toren. Set to be release in early 2018 similar to the Z.

Darker than the Z, deep and dark ruby red. Needed to open up a little bit on the nose. Gained some dark cocoa on the nose with minerality, pepper and dusty notes. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Darker berries on the palate with some black cherries, cassis and a touch savory in the backend. Dry and long finish. Drink till 2030.

Made up of around 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and around 16% Malbec, the rest is made up of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Dec 19th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Charles pulled out an older vintage of the Fusion V for us to try.

Deep garnet red with some bricking on the edges. Aged nose with notes of tomato, a little stinky, a little earthy, strawberries and red plums. Balanced tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Notes of strawberries, dried cherries and leather on the palate. Medium to medium plus finish. Drink till 2020.

Charles pulled out an older vintage of the Fusion V for us to try.

Deep garnet red with some bricking on the edges. Aged nose with notes of tomato, a little stinky, a little earthy, strawberries and red plums. Balanced tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Notes of strawberries, dried cherries and leather on the palate. Medium to medium plus finish. Drink till 2020.

Dec 19th, 2017
Scott Conroy

My first Stellenbosch, I believe. Bravo. Ripe fruit. Medium+ body. Good structure. New world-ish. I guess I've been missing out.

My first Stellenbosch, I believe. Bravo. Ripe fruit. Medium+ body. Good structure. New world-ish. I guess I've been missing out.

2 people found it helpfulMar 24th, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

From a warmer vyd than the Z, 55CS is the core of the Bordeaux blend, meaty, pepper & graphite, red and black fruits, solid tannic structure good length and lots of complexity

From a warmer vyd than the Z, 55CS is the core of the Bordeaux blend, meaty, pepper & graphite, red and black fruits, solid tannic structure good length and lots of complexity

2 people found it helpfulJun 10th, 2014
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Deep ruby red. Savory notes on the nose, a bit meaty, cherries and herbal notes. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. A little bit of bitter dark cocoa, leather, herbal notes, and dark cherries. Dry and long finish. Drink till 2028.

Deep ruby red. Savory notes on the nose, a bit meaty, cherries and herbal notes. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. A little bit of bitter dark cocoa, leather, herbal notes, and dark cherries. Dry and long finish. Drink till 2028.

1 person found it helpfulNov 29th, 2017
David Harter

Excellent wine ... Never disappoints

Excellent wine ... Never disappoints

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Second red wine at Table #4 at Oakton Wine Shops Bucket List Tasting.

Deep ruby red with a touch of garnet. Mute nose to start but still tight with barnyard and meaty undertones. Some dark berries, and perfume. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) with a rich palate. Dark berries, gravel, spices and twigs. Full bodied with a long and dry finish. Drink till 2028. (91+)

Second red wine at Table #4 at Oakton Wine Shops Bucket List Tasting.

Deep ruby red with a touch of garnet. Mute nose to start but still tight with barnyard and meaty undertones. Some dark berries, and perfume. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) with a rich palate. Dark berries, gravel, spices and twigs. Full bodied with a long and dry finish. Drink till 2028. (91+)

1 person found it helpfulJul 23rd, 2017