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De Toren Z 2016

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Sophisticated “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 enchanting red softer and more approachable in its youth than its blockbuster counterpart. It delivers complex, appealing aromas and flavors of dark berries, cassis and black currant with hints of spice and herbs. The well integrated flavors are balanced by a delicate acidity and smooth tannins
that linger in the lengthy finish.
De Toren Z


The vineyards are situated approximately six miles from False Bay, at altitudes of 655 feet above sea level. The “Z” block, set on a south-facing slope, is exposed to cooling ocean breezes. There are 10 different soil types found on the estate, but the Merlotbased Z hails mainly from the clay-rich soils of Sterkspruit, Estcourt and Vilafonte. Careful monitoring of soil and plant moisture was necessary to ensure that a healthy canopy and good quality berries were maintained. With very little soil moisture throughout the growing season the vineyards were naturally in balance. Vines were continuously provided small amounts of irrigation to ensure phenolic ripeness without high sugar levels. Constant high daytime temperatures in the beginning of the ripening season were followed by cooler temperatures which resulted in ripe berries with good color, low sugar and complex flavors. The grapes were handpicked in the cool, early morning hours and transported in small baskets to the winery, where they were hand sorted and de-stemmed. The grapes were gently crushed and gravity fed into open-top fermentation tanks, and regular manual punchdowns were performed during fermentation. The wine was basket pressed and gravity fed into 225 liter oak barrels (25% new, 25% second fill, 25% third fill and 25% fourth fill), where it was aged for 12 months. Each varietal component was vinified and aged separately. All varietals were aged in French oak with the exception of Malbec, which was aged in American oak.
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