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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
De Toren Z 2009
De Toren Z 2009
(search item no. 116279)
green wine
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rose petals, plum and blueberry abounds on the nose which leads to a frisky and well integrated acidity that brings freshness to the taste of this elegant wine. Soft, firm well rounded tannins blend well with delicate notes of cinnamon. The first impression is very much that of Merlot. The nose complements the mouth feel in structure and freshness.

Blend: 56% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot

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About De Toren:

De Toren proprietors Emil and Sonette den Dulk left Johannesburg in 1991 to establish their vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch. Situated on southern facing slopes overlooking False Bay, De Toren enjoys the cooling effect of constant ocean breezes. Taking a holistic approach to keeping vineyard soils healthy and balanced, viticulturalist Ernest Manuel employs sustainable farming practices throughout the property. Infrared Aerial Imaging is used extensively in order to monitor ripeness in various vineyard blocks and determine optimal picking times, although actual harvesting and production are done almost entirely by hand.

The winery is operated on gravity flow principles; a 4000 liter pressure tank in an elevator shaft (the "Tower" from which the winery takes its name) is cleverly used to exploit gravity in transporting wine between tanks and barrels without the use of mechanical pumps. As a result of De Toren’s innovative, minimal intervention production methods, their wines were among the first South African bottlings to qualify for IP (Integrated Production) certification by the Wine and Spirit Board.

The Den Dulks and winemaker Albie Koch seem to have found the key to success with their simple winemaking philosophy: gentle handling, no pumps, and minimum manipulation. Armed with this winning formula, the boutique farm has quickly risen to the ranks of South Africa’s winemaking elite with their duo of dazzling, stylish and complex five-varietal Bordeaux blends: the flagship Fusion V (which debuted in the 1999 vintage and has been hailed by Wine Spectator as "a consistently polished, outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend") and the Merlot-based "Z," introduced with the 2004 vintage.