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Top five wines of May 2016

Here are our most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 – 94 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Spier Woolworths Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 […]

June 1, 2016
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2013

RJ Botha, understudy to winemaker Alistair Rimmer at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch, says that they are on a mission to “tighten up” the all the wines in the portfolio. The Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 rated 90 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report and the Shiraz 2013 is also excellent. Matured for 18 months […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

During a lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stellenbosch cellar Kleine Zalze, a change to taste the soon-to-be-released Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015. Grapes come from three sites in Faure and one in Devon Valley, the wine very much a blend but constituted by different vineyards rather than different varieties according to winemaker Alastair […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
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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
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