A summary of the annual ratings
As we near the end of a great year and prepare for a new one with fantastic prospects, one tends to look back and recapitulate the past 365 days and evaluate not-so-good and more importantly the good. For De Toren, those highlights certainly include the appreciation of our wines by our valued clients, sommeliers and also professional wine critics.
De Toren Z 2013 selected as Wine-of-the-Month-Club’s Best Bordeaux Blend of the Year
Wine-of-the-Month-Club’s honorary title of ‘Best Bordeaux Blend of the Year’ was awarded to our treasured De Toren Z 2013. A selection of over a hundred wines per category was tasted blind and the popular De Toren Z was announced the trophy winner of its category at the Annual Winemakers’ Awards this month.
SAWI rates De Toren Fusion V as Best Bordeaux Style Red Wine in South Africa
This year the South African Wine Index (SAWI) rated De Toren Fusion V as the best Bordeaux Style Blend in South Africa. Our renowned Bordeaux-style blends, De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z were both awarded Platinum Status. Further great news is De Toren Private Cellar’s ranking as one of the Top 10 Red Wine Producers in South Africa as announced by SAWI.
Wine Spectator USA awards De Toren Fusion V 2013 with 92 Points
Once again, the esteemed magazine, i.e. Wine Spectator, rated our Fusion V very highly, awarding the De Toren Fusion V 2013 a stellar 92 Points. James Molesworth shares his thoughts on the Fusion V 2013: “This has an old-school core of steeped currant, blackberry and plum fruit intertwined with notes of charcoal, tobacco and cedar. Shows some lovely polish with enticing black tea and warm cocoa details filling in throughout. Well done. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”
De Toren Book XVII shows consistency with Wine Cellar Annual Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off
Book XVII 2013 showed remarkable consistency at the annual ‘Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off’ hosted by Wine Cellar and was voted one of the top 3 most luxurious wines in South Africa.
Only one wine per producer is entered in this annual tasting line-up and with The Black Lion being awarded 3rd place in last year’s tasting, it could unfortunately not be entered in this year’s competition.
Tim Atkin’s ratings on the 2013 vintage of De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z
The international wine critic, Tim Atkin, recently rated the 2013 vintages of our prestigious wines, i.e. De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z, awarding both an outstanding rating of 92.
The 2014 vintage of the De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z is available from our online cellar.
Last, but not least our clients’ appreciation of our wines on Vivino Wine App…
De Toren Fusion V 2013 rated 4.4 stars
De Toren Z 2013 rated 4.3 stars
De Toren Delicate rated 4.1 stars
Diversity 2015 rated 4.3 stars
“Only released on 1st September. Going to be one of the big SA wines. Great vintage. Beautiful dark fruits. Cherries and black berries. Almost sweet. Well balanced. Long fruity finish.” – Gavin the Wine Taster on De Toren Fusion V 2014
“Excellent Bordeaux blend made with utmost care and expertise. Ripe red fruit, but also a serious backbone. Will last at least 10 years more.”. -Niel Muller on De Toren Z 2013
“De Toren’s label over delivers again. Gorgeously fruity and spicy, rich and jammy. Superb value.” -Muller on Diversity 2015