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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

Bar a 5 Star-rating in Platter’s, the Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 from Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch has picked up just about every accolade possible for a wine: it recently won grand gold as well as being declared best white wine overall at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles while its achievements last year included gold [...]

June 1, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Concours Mondial 2015 results

The 2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held over 1 to 3 May in Jesolo, Italy and attracted over 8 000 wines from 45 producer countries. Results were announced recently and top performing South African wines were as follows: Grand Gold Medals Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Kleine Zalze [...]

May 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

“When do you think is a good time to release 2015 SB? Now? Too soon? Next year?” asked Lutzville Wines on Twitter last week and while Robertson winery Van Loveren has already released its 2015 vintage (not yet reviewed), Stellenbosch counterpart Kleine Zalze is now selling the 2013 vintage of its top-end Family Reserve (R141 [...]

March 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

“We try for seed ripeness at the lowest possible sugars,” says Kleine Zalze cellarmaster Johan Joubert during a workshop featuring the 2005 to 2010 vintages of both his Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz held yesterday. Ripeness is everything for Joubert and alcohols by volume for both wines regularly exceed 15%. He’s particularly concerned about [...]

June 25, 2014
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2013

If ever there was a cuvée to demonstrate the huge role of fashion in wine, then it’s the Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2013 from Kleine Zalze. The 2008 vintage famously won the 2010 Chenin Blanc Challenge convened by the now defunct Wine magazine, the particular bottling in question possessing an abv of 15.18% and residual [...]

December 5, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

During the course of conversation with a colleague recently, I suggested that for all the excellence on show at the top end of the Chenin Blanc category, the variety went largely unappreciated by the average wine drinker and therefore the much touted renaissance begun some 15 years ago could be said to have failed. My [...]

October 14, 2013
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2012

Stellenbosch winery Kleine Zalze has gained plenty of recognition for its various versions of both Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc but less so for its Chardonnay. Interesting, then, to try its Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2012, winner of a platinum award at the recent Michelangelo International Wine Awards (presented to wines which the competition’s panel scored [...]

September 30, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

Kleine Zalze cellarmaster Johan Joubert has justly gained acclaim for his versions of Chenin Blanc under both the entry-level Cellar Selection and mid-range Vineyard Selection labels. Now comes the maiden release of a Chenin Blanc under the flagship Family Reserve label (R130 a bottle). From the 2012 vintage, grapes are from untrellised vineyards in three [...]

June 21, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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