Hailed the most powerful and luxurious Shiraz ever crafted in South Africa, The Black Lion culminates the intense passion, considerable skill and continuous devotion of De Toren’s winemaking team. It’s the pinnacle of our winemaking quest for perfection.

The newly released 2015 vintage of this remarkable Shiraz, The Black Lion, exclusively available from our online cellar, is if possible, even more intense and powerful than before with the most seductive, silky-smooth mouthfeel. In South Africa, 2015 has been identified as one of the greatest harvests in years, promising to deliver some of the country’s finest wines. The desirable climate of the season, along with the elaborate and intense crafting process of this unique Shiraz, is further proof of this wine’s destined collector’s-item status.

The individual vines, located in the selected terroirs, namely the Swartland, known for its powerful Shiraz berries, the Helderberg and Polkadraai area better known for its undeniable sophistication are specifically identified through the use of infra-red aerial imaging. Each single vine is then used to grow a mere four hand-manicured bunches, providing the opportunity for these bunches to receive the essential individual attention, i.e. during the ripening phase these bunches are specially manicured, followed by a meticulous process of hand-harvesting as well as hand-destemming. Following the sorting process, ensuring only berries of the highest quality is selected, fermentation and ageing in 200% new French Oak barrels commence.

Only 1058 bottles of the 2015 vintage have been produced of which 597 were secured during the pre-release. The availability of the remaining 461 of this sought-after collector’s item is therefore transient. Orders of The Black Lion 2015 are limited to 4 bottles per family and delivery is complimentary within the borders of South Africa, so secure yours as soon as possible via our online cellar.

You can also request a specific number, perhaps linked to a special. memorable date, or maybe even for that someone who is impossible to buy a gift for as they have everything, as each bottle is individually numbered by hand and presented in an exquisite, handcrafted black wooden case with an Allen key that ensures the safekeeping of this rare collector’s item with an ageing potential of over 40 years.

The release of exquisite, The Black Lion 2015, means the pre-bookings of the 2016 vintage are now officially open.