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  • Country ranking ?

    21
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb & Game

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The Story

A tribute to the viticulture wisdom, research and scrupulous documentation of ancient Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder, this limited-edition wine, produced in association with Luxumbourg-registered company, Expression Unique SARL, is worthy of its illustrious place on the global fine-wine podium. In the same way that Pliny stressed the significance of viticulture practices in the winemaking process, so Book XVII is the fruit of 20 years’ exhaustive recording and analysis of countless vineyard variables, from soil composition and weather conditions to oceanographic influences.

Using state-of-the-art equipment such as infrared aerial imaging, specific vines are singled out for the making of this exceptional wine, their cultivation and nourishment conducted on an individual basis by dedicated staff skilled in the art of precision winemaking. With its maiden vintage in 2010, and with no more than 1 200 exclusively numbered bottles produced with each vintage, Book XVII is poised to become an icon of history in its own right, and one that Pliny, no doubt, would have given his coveted stamp of approval. Handmade and crafted at De Toren Private Cellar
 

WINEMAKING:

  • Dropping crop loads to 300g per vine (Usually 3kg per vine)

  • Each bunch hand manicured on the vine

  • Hand harvesting and destemming with workers wearing surgical gloves

  • Fermented in New French Oak Barrels

  • Hand punch-down

  • Ageing in 200% new premium French oak for 18 months

  • 200% new oak. Wine is aged for 12 months in new French Oak and transferred to new French Oak Barrels again for 6 months

  • No machinery or mechanical equipment used

  • Hand bottled with no filters

 

DECANTING: For optimum enjoyment, decant atleast one hour before consumption. It is recommended to serve this wine at optimal temperature (15 - 18 degrees Celcius).

AGEING: 40 years + expected

FOOD PAIRING: Cuban Cigar

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Opulent and full bodied, but also still retains good freshness. Fruit driven, lush black berries, chocolate and toasty oak. Seamless to drink – rich and velvety, ripe tannins, with deep concentration and some savoury dryness in the tail. 92 / 100

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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