Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate says of Z 2010 from De Toren in Stellenbosch that “(it’s) hedonism could have derived from the Napa Valley” and I know what he means. Both the Z and its more premium stablemate Fusion V from the 2010 vintage have alcohols of 15% and they are nothing if not rich and ripe. Would owner Emile den Dulk ideally want a little more freshness? “No. I want the wines to be velvety, round and full rather showing too much bright acidity.”
Martin likes the wines scoring Z 2010 91 points and Fusion V 2010 92. My scores and tasting notes as follows:
De Toren Z 2010: 16/20
55% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot. Ripe red fruit plus some savoury oystershell and malty notes on the nose and palate. Moderate acidity and smooth textured. Very polished. Not exactly “hot” on the finish but a bit lacking in verve for me.
De Toren Fusion V 2010: 17/20
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Dark fruit and a savoury overtone, somewhat olive-like. Really opulent with succulent fruit, just enough acidity and fine, mouthcoating tannins. Good in a particular style.