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Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2013

Pared down.

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, … [Read more...]

Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

Minimalist Chenin.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

Change of tack.

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 … [Read more...]

Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot Blend 2011

Pocket friendly.

Yesterday the Kleine Zalze Year End Summer Wine Showcase at Michael Broughton’s Terroir, number nine on Eat Out magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Restaurant list. Wine of the day was the Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot Blend 2011 served with a rather tasty … [Read more...]

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2011 vs. Oldenburg Chardonnay 2011

Popular vs. elitist.

Two new releases of 2011 Chardonnay last night, the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection up against the Oldenburg. The Kleine Zalze is a combination of Stellenbosch and Robertson fruit. Fermentation begun in tank and finished in 300-litre French oak … [Read more...]