2016 De Toren Fusion V
2016 De Toren Fusion V The iconic Left Bank-based blend from De Toren, Fusion V is meticulously crafted from Bordeaux’s ‘Noble Five’ varietals and, with its complex flavours of liquorice, black cherry, cedar and dark berries, it offers a stylish departure for sophisticated oenophilic tastes.Soft as spun silk, with a lingering hint of sweet fruit on the back palate, this is a wine that will only improve with age.
In geological terms, the coastal regions of the Western Cape, which include Stellenbosch, consist of extremely old geological formations that underwent long periods of exposure to weathering, without extensive covering by younger material of glacial or alluvial epochs, resulting in viticulture being practiced on some of the oldest soils in the world. The result is Bordeaux-style wines of unique expression with complexity, depth and power that are a true expression of the land itself and unique coastal location.
95 Tim Atkin: It’s rare that I prefer a Stellenbosch property’s top red in 2016 to 2015, but that’s the case here on one of the most enjoyable, well-balanced Fusion Vs I’ve had in a while. Combining Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, it sees 20% new wood and is a wonderfully harmonious wine. Serious and concentrated with fine perfume, plum, cedar and liquorice flavours, silky tannins, mocha oak and a fresh, nuanced finish.
90 Robert Parker: A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Fusion V checks all the boxes currently and will be a sleeper of a wine. Sandwiched between two excellent vintages for Stellenbosch, the wine offers dark berry essence, classic oak expressions and hints of cassis, dark plum and cherry in the glass. Full-bodied, the wine offers a seamless and balanced structure in the mouth with lifting tannins and energetic acidity framing the ripe fruit expression. The wine concludes with a long finish, and it drinks well now but will undoubtedly reward those who practice patience and maintain a cellar. It’s wonderful now, but I see it getting better at 15 years of age.