As Managing Partner at De Toren Private Cellar, it gives me great pleasure to announce the much-anticipated pre-release of yet another exceptional vintage of the renowned De Toren Fusion V. In my humble opinion, the phenomenal 2018 vintage of this Left Bank Bordeaux styled blend will be recognized for its exquisite balance, elegance and the true varietal expression which gives it loads of personality to finish it off.
This 2018 vintage was one of the most multi-layered and complex in the history of the vineyard. It was at the peak of the extreme drought that started in 2014 and the crop yielded limited production due to water restrictions, making it a rare and unique vintage. This was combined with fluctuations in temperatures, which ranged from prolonged cool spells to periods of balmy weather. The harvest was one that persisted and intensified in the consistent seasonal challenges of four years, combined with a drought strategy and careful consideration of the delicate circumstances, the quality of the grapes was truly exceptional.
By the time the grapes were harvested in March, most of them were rather cold, which allowed for the final phase of phenolic ripening to occur at a slow, steady pace. This in turn made it possible for the cellar to define its harvest dates to perfection for each of its lots, mastering this vintage’s complexity with complete precision.
The final wine showcases this vintage complexity with real precision. On approach the wine impresses with dense aromatics of dark fruit, then it reveals subtle, elegant layers of red berries and black cherries as well as sweet spices. The aromas end off delicate and perfumed.
“The spectacular 2018 vintage of our expressive De Toren Fusion V is out of this world. With its phenomenal aroma and depth of flavour, it perfectly imparts the identity of this vintage in the 2018 blend of this superlative Bordeaux styled wine.”
Charles Williams | Cellar Master
Upon tasting, the density (almost broad and moody) of the wine is what really draws one into further exploration. The flavour profile compliments the aromatics and reveals layers of dark fruit and cherries. Full bodied, the De Toren Fusion V 2018 lingers on the mid and back palate, with a tight, clean acidity, beautifully framing the wine. As always, and almost a hallmark of our Fusion V blends, the elegant, finely knit tannins linger long after the final sip.
The exquisite 2018 vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux-style blend is a wonderful celebration of this vintage’s pure varietal expression, gracefully showcasing each of the five varietal’s unique characteristics and ultimately, its fullest potential.