De Toren Book XVII

De Toren Book XVII

R 3,135.00

Beautifully complex and exquisitely elegant, with craftsmanship and nature united timelessly, comes the extraordinary 2018 vintage of the ultra-lavish Book XVII. This lush, handcrafted red blend was a logical evolution of De Toren’s acclaimed Bordeaux styled blends. An expression of meticulous winemaking and extreme viticulture. In a word a showcase wine, to show the world what South Africa is capable of producing.

This year, marking the 9th vintage release of this exceptionally exclusive wine, is bound to be one of absolute expression. Exuding phenomenal concentration and a desirable freshness, the opulent Book XVII 2018 vintage is remarkably sophisticated, pure and just the perfect amount of lean.

Often compared to the famed ‘super-Tuscans’ of the world, this is a wine of uncompromising quality, not a single one of the vast expenses spared. Previously also hailed as South Africa’s most luxurious wine and the highest ever rated SA wine by the reputable USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast, this wine stands proud amongst the world’s finest wines.

This extraordinary wine depicts the true meaning of exclusive craftsmanship that knows no limitations or restrictions - a wine of uncompromising quality. The 2018 vintage of this fabled South African Bordeaux blend, is even richer and more elegant than before, with the most luxurious mouthfeel.

A wine with a reputation that precedes it, so much so that annual client pre- bookings secure about two thirds of the mere 1 000 bottles produced, year after year.

With Book XVII we have gone back to the original virtues of making wine by hand and applying intense attention to detail to each phase. The true importance of viticulture practices in the wine making process is completely enlightening, liberating and at the same time humbling when you realize everything is all about getting the basic elements precise!

Infra-Red Aerial Imaging is used to specifically identify vines of only the highest quality, which are then hand-pruned to grow a mere four, perfectly balanced bunches per single vine. Each of these bunches receive individual attention and very specific manicuring during the ripening process after which it is hand-harvested and also destemmed by the gentlest handling of a very select team.

Each bottle is individually labelled and numbered by hand. This spectacular wine is presented in a specially handcrafted wooden case, accompanied by an iconic key to ensure the safekeeping of this collector’s item with the ageing potential of 40 years plus.

This expressive 2018 vintage of the acclaimed Book XVII is therefore the result of a perfect combination. Winemaker Charles, believes that the sensational Book XVII 2018 is a celebration of this vintage’s magnificent expression of fruit, it's impressively bold characteristics, yet subtle elegance. This, paired with the team’s resolute standards, duteous attention to detail and absolute passion, makes for a combination that is out of this world.

It has a super-ripe crème de-cassis, fruitcake and fig scented bouquet with a palate that is full bodied and boasts with a silky-smooth tannin structure.

This full-bodied turbo-charged wine is so silky smooth and seductive in a way that its charms are impossible to resist.

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It has a super-ripe crème de-cassis, fruitcake and fig scented bouquet with a palate that is full bodied and boasts with a silky-smooth tannin structure.

This full-bodied turbo-charged wine is so silky smooth and seductive in a way that its charms are impossible to resist.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec
Cabernet Franc

It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15-18°C).

“The sensational Book XVII 2018 is truly a celebration of this vintage’s magnificent expression of fruit, its impressively bold characteristics, yet subtle elegance. This, along with the team’s extraordinary devotion and expertise invested in crafting this one-of-a-kind wine, makes for an exceptional combination.”

- Charles Williams, Cellar Master