We are thrilled to introduce the latest addition to our bespoke De Toren collection. Born from a desire to craft one of the finest ultra-premium Malbec wines in the world, comes the distinct De Toren Patronus. Harvested from decades-old vines, this exquisite Malbec is the patrimony of De Toren’s continuous quest for perfection.
With years of experience in crafting some of South Africa’s finest red blends and harnessing the classic five varietals of Bordeaux to achieve this, comes another remarkable wine born from a true passion for craftsmanship. This fine wine pays tribute to one of the original, noble varieties of Bordeaux, being Malbec, which remains one of De Toren’s most valued cultivars in its world-renowned red blends.
Crafting this luxuriant, single-varietal wine was thus a natural evolution towards innovative winemaking. The maiden release of this 100% Malbec, i.e. the 2020 vintage is expressive and showcases De Toren’s meticulous methods and diligent viticulture, revealing a vibrant, yet elegant and full-bodied wine that transpires into a sensational experience like no other. A quintessential addition to any connoisseur’s cellar.
Predominantly matured in new French Oak barrels, the result is an aromatic, vibrant and full-bodied wine with tightly knit tannins and a refined, polished palate.”
— CHARLES WILLIAMS | CELLAR MASTER —
The wine’s name commemorates De Toren’s fervent culture of sustainability, an ethos of patronage for the conservation of nature in its ancient and living states. It is through this commitment to sustainable farming that De Toren is able to produce the finest of wines, reflecting the superior quality of organically certified grapes grown across 15 varieties of historic soils found on the estate, and paired with De Toren’s exceptional nurture and care, to form the cornerstones of our philosophy.
Unyielding to its principles of conservation, a new family member, weighing more than two tons, was placed under the guardianship of De Toren during 2022. Kimba, one of the last of the endangered rhinoceros-species, will forever remain another expression of utmost respect for forms of life that have existed for millennia. With this wine, we wish to pay honour to this magnificent species.
Only the finest of berries are selected, after which whole berries are fermented in three distinct vessels and then predominantly matured in new French Oak barrels for a total of 18 months plus. At the culmination of the winemaking process, each precious bottle is individually labelled and numbered by hand. This spectacular wine is presented in an exclusively handcrafted wooden case, accompanied by its iconic key to ensure the safekeeping of this collector’s item and the last modicum of labour before ultimate pleasure is unlocked. De Toren Patronus has an ageing potential of two decades plus, and it promises reward, whether enjoyed immediately or stored for future enjoyment.
The bespoke packaging, like this exquisite wine, is crafted by hand. The illustrated rhinoceros consists of various elements and icons, reflective of ancient ecosystems, unique terroir and the specially selected, sustainably farmed vines this wine is crafted from. A tale of the masterful alchemy of only the finest fruit through passion, patience and devotion. Ultimately, it reveals the greater story behind De Toren Patronus – a story as powerful as this remarkable Malbec.