*7R* 2016 De Toren “Fusion V" (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

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Weight: 7R

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa

South African wines have a knack for straddling the flavor-profiles of old vs. New world wines; De Toren's "Fusion V" does this at a very high level, with its left-bank bland of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Sustainable and low-impact practices are used throughout the vineyards and winery, helping the plush assortment of plummy black fruits and tobacco and leather notes to shine through. Approachable now, but will improve for 5 to 8 more years.