De Toren Z Red Blend 2016 - 750ml

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93pts Tim Atkin

Charles Williams made some excellent reds in 2016, picking earlier to cope with the vintage conditions. Z, as ever, is Merlot based with the remaining 46% divided between Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Much more than a second wine, this is a different style from Fusion V, with green herb and tobacco notes and wonderful poise and elegance. Signs of a shift in style here. 2021-28

91pts Wine Enthusiast

There’s a deep kirsch aroma on the nose of this wine, with additional notes of pressed violets, crème de cassis and blackberry paste. The palate is medium in weight and plush in feel, with velvety tannins that lend ample structure and support to the ripe cherry and berry fruit flavors. Final notes of cedary spice, light char and cocoa powder add decadence through the close. Cape Classics.

Winemaker Notes

This soft, approachable ruby-hued beauty is a true testament to vines lovingly reared and winemaking raised to an art form. A Right Bank-style Bordeaux blend, De Toren Z comprises a symphonic blend of five Bordeaux varietals. You’ll find it tantalizingly soft on the tongue, with a hint of aniseed, liquorice, raspberry and cranberries lending a fresh acidity to its polished finish… plus, of course, all the finesse that makes Bordeaux-style wines so prized among the world’s most enthusiastic wine lovers.