2010 De Toren "Z" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Z is a blend of 55% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. It has an opulent ripe, menthol-tinged bouquet whose hedonism could have derived from the Napa Valley - but it is well defined and very pure. The palate is full-bodied with ripe bold tannins that offer firm backbone and structure. This is showing better balance than previous vintage with expressive black plum and a touch of dark chocolate on the finish. Fine. Drink 2013-2020.
This well-crafted red shows alluring aromatics of black tea and singed anise, exhibiting a suave feel to the concentrated flavors of dark plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit. A singed alder spine runs through the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red-ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, truffle, chocolate and black pepper. Sweet and very ripe, with plush flavors of dark berries, truffle, tobacco, graphite and licorice. Finishes with serious, tongue-dusting tannins and excellent length. The Fusion V is the estate's Left Bank blend; this one is the Right Bank.
55% merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.