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2014 De Toren South African (Red Blend) "Z"

De Toren 2014 Z

Winery: De Toren

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Z"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 51% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 14% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $50

Cases produced: 3,168

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: December 12, 2018

Wine Review: This midnight blackish purple colored wine from South Africa opens with black licorice, tar, blackberry, and beef stick bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a mineral influenced blackberry and cedar blend with notes of black tea and cassis. I also detected hints of beef jerky, black licorice and black pepper towards the end. The finish is rather dry and its moderate tannins are nicely prolonged. This wine would pair very nicely with the grilled wild boar tenderloin at Jiko or duck confit. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: This Merlot dominant Bordeaux blend showcases aromas of red fruits, mulberries and blueberries, with subtle cedar and spice notes and a hint of aniseed on the nose. These aromas follow through perfectly on the palate, revealing pure juicy red fruit, berries and plum. This complex, vibrant and expressive red displays velvety, finely knit tannins… just as one would expect from a Merlot-led blend!

Organic status: not organic

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