2017 De Toren Fusion V Director's Reserve

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2017 De Toren Fusion V Director's Reserve

 Only the 4th release of the Directors Reserve ever - only 178 cases available.

“The reputable De Toren Fusion V 2017 Director’s Reserve red blend exudes bold, yet elegant Malbec characteristics. Aromas of vanilla and blueberries come to life on the nose, accompanied by fine textured tannins on the palate. Flavours of red cherries end off in notes of cedar and dark cherries, derived from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Absolutely phenomenal!”

Charles Williams | Cellar Master

Tasting Notes

On the nose, enticing aromas of vanilla and blueberries draw you in, while the palate is greeted with finely textured tannins. The flavour profile unfolds with luscious notes of red cherries, culminating in hints of cedar and dark berries, from the Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is truly exceptional, offering an unparalleled tasting experience.

2017 De Toren Fusion V Director's Reserve


The collection of De Toren Director’s Reserve wines is a very rare selection of limited-edition wines, only released in years regarded as an extraordinary vintage. These handcrafted wines are truly exceptional, and only produced in years during which our continuous quest for absolute perfection, has reached its pinnacle. The wines from this exclusive collection, and these specific vintages, showed true greatness of remarkable complexity and elegance.

Through a sustained process of pure refinement, the De Toren team has faithfully succeeded in the art of growing and perfecting Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The 2017 vintage is thus no exception. To celebrate the phenomenal 2017 vintage of our renowned De Toren Fusion V, and also a very special anniversary, we presented this VIP release of the exquisite De Toren Fusion V 2017 Director’s Reserve.

This marks the 20th anniversary of Managing Partner, Albie Koch, as an integral member of the De Toren Private Cellar team. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Albie, along with our winemaking team crafted an outstanding blend from the remarkable 2017 vintage, showcasing two of the heroes that make for our acclaimed Left Bank Bordeaux-styled wine, De Toren Fusion V. Here at the estate, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec is well-known and often considered the apple of Albie’s eye. This limited-edition wine is, therefore, nothing other than a spectacular blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec.

The remarkable De Toren Fusion V 2017 Vintage Director’s Reserve was matured for 24 months in a combination of first and second-fill French, tight-grained oak barrels with an added touch of American oak to perfectly round it off. It was kept in these barrels at a temperature of 14°C to slowly mature and ensure an absolute and seamless integration for your enjoyment now, or in 20 years’ time.

Merely 178 cases were made available for reservation by the end of September. Each bottle is hand-wrapped and signed by Cellar Master, Charles Williams and Managing Partner, Albie Koch – also known as De Toren’s very first winemaker – and presented in an exquisite wooden case that safely secures this magnificent wine. Definitely one for the collection!

Only the pinnacle of our winemaking philosophy will do to celebrate this special milestone. With a mere 1068 bottles released, we pay tribute to De Toren’s very first winemaker and today a Managing Partner in the business, Albie Koch. Thank you for two decades of incredible passion, your relentless pursuit of perfection, and genuine love for De Toren.


De Toren proprietors Emil and Sonette den Dulk left Johannesburg in 1991 to establish their vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch. Situated on southern-facing slopes overlooking False Bay De Toren enjoys the cooling effect of constant ocean breezes. Taking a holistic approach to keeping vineyard soils healthy and balanced viticulturalist Ernest Manuel employs sustainable farming practices throughout the property. Infrared Aerial Imaging is used extensively in order to monitor ripeness in various vineyard blocks and determine optimal picking times although actual harvesting and production are done almost entirely by hand. The winery is operated on gravity flow principles; a 4000 liter pressure tank in an elevator shaft (the Tower from which the winery takes its name) is cleverly used to exploit gravity in transporting wine between tanks and barrels without the use of mechanical pumps. As a result of De Toren’s innovative minimal intervention production methods their wines were among the first South African bottlings to qualify for IP (Integrated Production) certification by the Wine and Spirit Board.

The Den Dulks and winemaker Albie Koch seem to have found the key to success with their simple winemaking philosophy: gentle handling no pumps and minimum manipulation. Armed with this winning formula the boutique farm has quickly risen to the ranks of South Africa’s winemaking elite with their duo of dazzling stylish and complex five-varietal Bordeaux blends: the flagship Fusion V (which debuted in the 1999 vintage and has been hailed by Wine Spectator as a consistently polished outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend) and the Merlot-based Z introduced with the 2004 vintage.


    Year 2017
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec.
    Country South Africa
    Alcohol content
    14.79% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 11.1 units
    Type Red Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Decanting  To release all the flavours, we highly recommend decanting this wine at least one hour before drinking. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature of 15-18 degrees Celsius. 
    Cellaring Potential Can be enjoyed now, however this robust beauty will mature exceptionally over the next two decades if cellared carefully. 
    Food Matches

    With nuanced and complexed flavours, our renowned De Toren Fusion V 2017 Director’s Reserve wine pairs exceptionally well with perfectly tender grilled or roast lamb, with garlic, rosemary and a hint of honey lemon. 

    Origin Stellenbosch
    Appellation WO Western Cape