De Toren Book XVII 2017
PRODUCER: De Toren is a small boutique South African winery that has propelled itself into the front ranks of South African wine producer in an absurdly short period of time. Proprietors Emil and Sonette den Dulk, escapees from the Johannesburg business world, "stumbled upon this little piece of heaven" on the Polkadraai Hills overlooking False Bay, in 1991. De Toren's vineyards comprise of a mere 22 hectares, uniquely positioned on the Polkadraai Hills, overlooking Stellenbosch. The elevation of the vineyards (100-200 metres) overlooking False Bay to the South, and Table Mountain to the West, allow the cooling effects of the South Eastern wind to form a micro-climate perfectly tailored for the production of world class red wine.
WINEMAKING: Crop loads were dropped to 300g per vine (usually 3kg per vine) and each bunch was hand manicured on the vine. Hand harvesting and destemming with workers wearing surgical gloves took place before being crushed and fermented in New French Oak Barrels. Hand punch-downs were used in the winery. Ageing took place in new premium French oak for 12 months and then transferred to new French Oak Barrels again for 6 months. No machinery or mechanical equipment used and hand bottled with no filters.
TASTING NOTE: BOOK XVII has an opulent crème de-cassis, fruitcake and fig scented bouquet with a palate that is ostentatious. However, this full-bodied turbo-charged wine is so silky smooth and seductive in a way that its charms are impossible to resist. Previously voted as South Africa’s Best Luxury Wine, the ultra-luxurious Book XVII recently also secured itself the title as South Africa’s Highest Rated Wine Ever by the esteemed USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Ageing expected to continue for 40+ years.