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2004 De Toren South African (Red Blend) "Fusion V"

Winery: De Toren

Vintage: 2004

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Fusion V"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 10% Malbec, & 4% Petite Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $45

Cases produced: 3,600

KWG Score: 92.7 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (97.99-94)

Review date: October 2, 2007

Wine Review: I have tasted through quite a few South African wines over the last few months and this Bordeaux blend wine from De Toren is one of the best reds I have tried. This dark purple wine opens with a very inviting spicy blueberry like bouquet with hints of oak. On the palate, this wine is smooth, soft, and well balanced. It has a very approachable style to it that would appeal to both new world and old world fans. The wine displays juicy blackberry and plum like flavors with some mild oak influence that is also present. The finish is nicely dry, has lingering fine tannins, and slowly fades after you swallow it. This is an absolutely delicious wine that would pair perfectly with a ribeye steak at your favorite steakhouse. This is a wine for now or over the next year or so. Enjoy this beauty ! – Ken

Winemaker Notes: This harmonious classic full structure has voluptuous soft red fruit flavors that continuously compete to dominate one another as this wine spends time in the glass. Strawberries, black currant, liquorice and sweet oak flavors are rounded off with fine cinnamon and caramel fudge, which lingers long after swallowing. The well-balanced tannin structure in combination with the wine’s intense flavors will ensure that this great vintage stands proud as it improves in the bottle over the next couple of years.

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