Our De Toren winemaking team noticed some frequently asked questions whilst conducting our exclusive tastings on the estate, often resurfacing among our clients and De Toren friends. As a result, we have launched and are continuing our blog series with three more commonly asked questions to shed some light on the matter…
Why does De Toren not produce white wines?
Initial research and soil analyses by the University of Stellenbosch showed that De Toren had the most suitable terroir for growing the five Bordeaux varietals. They include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Hence, the environmental elements indicated it was not the best practice for growing white wine on the estate.
Where does De Toren source its barrels? What is the purpose of importing the finished barrel rather than just raw oak?
Our De Toren barrels are imported from France where they are treated and toasted, which explains why the finished barrels are imported. Toasting a barrel is an inherited skill. To put it simply, it is a form of craftsmanship that is passed down from generation to generation, an extremely specific craft that is difficult to replicate for most. Since wood is a natural product, treating or toasting the barrel can compromise its quality. Our supplier in France specializes in toasting the wood and is best equipped to deliver barrels of the highest quality.
Is there anything one should look for in a wine that will help it age longer?
In short, the ideal component that makes for a fine age-able wine is fruit perfectly balanced in its acidity, tannins, and flavours. Click here as our Winemaker, Martin Fourie elaborates on the technicality of this matter.