Whilst conducting our exclusive De Toren tastings on the estate, we noticed some frequently asked questions, often resurfacing under our clients and De Toren friends. Hence, to shine some light on the matter, we decided to launch an educational FAQ blog series which will be running throughout the course of the year. We start off by focusing on the first three commonly asked questions in this blog…

Why are the barrels tinted maroon/or burgundy in the Luxury wines’ maturation room?

It’s all about aesthetics. The luxury wines’ barrels are tinted with a red wine pigment, giving the maroon or burgundy colour on the cask. The only reason for the painted wine barrels; when extracting wine samples from the barrels or topping it up, one can easily spill wine droplets on the barrel. So, in case of spillage on the barrel, you can’t see it since it blends in, remaining aesthetically appealing.

What does it mean to be organically certified?

Organic wine farming means not using any synthetic substances of any sort. This must be done for at least 3 years prior to harvest to enable official organic farming certification. Only 100% organic or natural products and farming practices may be utilized. Sustainability and traceability also play a vital role in organic farming. Each component within your end product should be fully traceable. The transition phase to organic farming also allows for more balanced growth, allowing the vine to regulate its own growth not wasting its energy on excessive growth areas but rather shifting it more to imperative areas, such as the fruit. In turn, this is ideal for optimal development of our De Toren grapes. Organic farming also allows for better vine health and natural immune against potential threats, such as diseases or drought.

Our glasses are unique, what is the difference/or 3 types of wine glasses that we use for our De Toren tastings?

There are different types of wine tasting glasses for every type of wine. Sight, touch, smell and taste are four of our senses which are all occupied when appreciating wine. The engagement of these senses is undoubtedly vital in influencing one’s experience whilst tasting wine. Hence, we see it as an absolute necessity to enjoy tastings optimally with the correct glass.

Keeping this in mind, De Toren’s winemaking team meticulously selected three specific types of red wine tasting glasses which is used for our tasting and tour experiences on the estate. This enabled us to highlight each of our wines’ aroma, acidity, and their unique characteristics in the best possible manner.

Our three premium wines, including De Toren Délicate, De Toren Edition Z and De Toren Fusion V, are served in a Riedel Veritas Glass. This glass is perfect for full-bodied, complex red wines that are high in tannin. It emphasizes the fruit, playing down the bitter qualities of the tannin, and allows the wine to achieve balance.

For our luxury Bordeaux-style blend, Book XVII, a Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux Grand Cru Glass was selected. This glass generous size allows the bouquet to develop fully and smooths out the rough edges. It also enables the wine to achieve balance by focusing on the fruit and reducing tannin bitterness.

Then lastly, our luxury 100% Shiraz, The Black Lion, is served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme Syrah Glass. The Shiraz glass is perfect for balancing the gripping tannins and concentrated fruit typical of medium-bodied red wines. With a slightly tapered opening, the large bowl develops intense aromas and demonstrates mouth-filling fruit, a dignified structure, and a long, sweet finish on the palate.

We’ll share more about frequently asked questions on Estate tours on our blog and next newsletter and hope to bring the essence of our practice just a little closer to you!

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