Kleine Zalze Family Reserve range
Wine Enthusiasts’ highest-scoring 2017 Stellenbosch Cabernet
Exclusive releases from Platter's Winery of the Year
'A powerhouse for long-term enjoyment that will continue to evolve and impress.' – Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast, 93-95/100
With a staggering set of seven 5-star wines, Kleine Zalze Vineyards was catapulted into the limelight as Platter’s 2021 Winery of the Year. As Alastair Rimmer, Kleine Zalze Cellarmaster puts it, 'this is probably one of those things that will happen once in my life… most wineries dream of becoming Winery of the Year!' We are excited to bring you an exclusive release of these highly-rated wines.
Family Reserve Range
Their Kleine Zalze Family Reserve range is core to the estate and, at its apex, is their 95-point 2017 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. It was impressive when we tasted it from barrel and equally so for Wine Enthusiast Editor, Lauren Buzzeo, who gave it the highest rating out of 24 of SA's best Cabernets tasted that day – read more. Deep fruited, with a core of blackberry fruit, the plush and fleshy palate is nicely balanced by fine-grained tannins that rein in its muscular nature. From a stellar vintage, it’s certainly one of their most emphatic releases to date.
As for the 97-point 2019 Family Reserve Chenin Blanc, Platter’s says how this 'acclaimed white flagship beautifully expresses the vivacity of the grape in 2019'. With many awards to its name, it has become one of the most consistent old-vine Stellenbosch Chenins. Rounding out the Platter’s 5-star offering is the 96-point 2019 Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Fuller bodied in style, with stone fruit, lovely concentration and a refreshing, herbal edge, this wine should age particularly well.
* Please note, these limited, pre-releases will only ship after 2 April 2021.
The other main haul of 5-star awards went to their Project Z range. Here, the Kleine Zalze winemaking team have been given free rein to produce unique and boundary-shifting wines. In addition to the pre-releases above, we have a few bottles of their very limited Project Z wines, including the stellar 96-point Project Z Chenin Blanc 2018.