We all know that 2016 in the Cape was the second consecutive warm, dry, challenging vintage for grape growing. Nevertheless, top producers like Meerlust, Kanonkop, Raats Family, Vilafonte and De Toren succeeded in producing seductive Cabernet Sauvignon led Bordeaux blend reds.
We are fortunate enough to still be drinking many top 2015s here in the UK market while the 2017s are already starting to seduce local drinkers in the home market. But 2016 should certainly not be written off as quality focused producers stood up to the challenge of the vintage and delivered the goods in many circumstances, producing wines for slightly earlier drinking.
De Toren 2016 Fusion V Bordeaux Blend, Stellenbosch, 14.5 Abv.
While the 2016 Stellenbosch reds don’t quite have the same fruit purity and aromatic precision as the 2015s or 2017s, many of the top examples like this De Toren Fusion V 2016 make for very attractive wines with wonderful opulence and plushness. A 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot blend matured in French and American oak, 50% new. The nose is full of black chai tea complexity, lead pencil, graphite, sweet cedar, black currant, desiccated black cherry and notes of savoury hoisin plum sauce. The palate is supple and fleshy with ample chalky grippy textured tannins, raisined black plum, sweet fig and a subtle earthy Christmas pudding and wintery dried prune note on the finish. An all round delicious Bordeaux blend exuding freshness, palate vigour and vinous excitement. Drink over the next 6 to 8+ years.
(Wine Safari Score: 92+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
2 thoughts on “Another Valiant Effort From De Toren – Tasting the Fusion V 2016 Bordeaux Blend…”
Cheers Greg, I loved this one when I tasted it this year.
There have been a lot of great reds released in the Cape this year, and you’ve reviewed a good number of them. Did you by any chance get to the Shannon Black 2015, or the Constantia Glen blends during your safari?
Hi Gareth, yes tasted a lot of wines and wrote up some of my favs. Tasted the Mount Bullet But not the new 2015 Shannon Black yet. On all accounts it’s a special wine. I’ll try and taste when I’m out in SA in Feb. Also, not tasted all the newest releases of Constantia Glen yet.