Kleine Zalze, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Stellenbosch
'This is intensely herbal and vibrant on the nose, with prominent notes of cigar tobacco, mint, black licorice, chicory and heavily steeped black tea atop a tight fruit core of cassis and black plum. It’s dense, dark, firm and brooding in character, as the palate follows suit from the bouquet in a seamless fashion. Super tense and direct at the moment, it boasts abundant black fruit and plentiful spice characteristics that are supported by bright black-currant acidity and a framework of supporting yet not overly gripping tannins. Despite its power, it’s quite sexy in feel, well balanced among all its strong elements with an endless finish. A powerhouse for long-term enjoyment that will continue to evolve and impress.' – Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast, 93-95/100
'Always an impressive Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, but especially so in 2017, this is a plush, textured, full-throttle style from RJ Botha with scented, vanilla spicy 70% new wood, layers of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, fresh acidity and structured tannins. Drink 2022-2029.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100
'Deep ruby with moderate staining of tears, the 2017 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a juicy frame of black raspberry, dark cherry and redcurrant on the nose along with aromas of sweet oak spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Full-bodied, the wine is rich, juicy and expressive with firm tannins that sway with elements of elegant oak tones across the mid-palate, without any hard edges. It ends with a long and complex finish that continues to evolve on the palate with a luscious persistence. Just under 9,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2021 - 2032.' – Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate, 92/100 (Jan 2021)
'An intense bouquet that shows savoury tobacco notes along with liquorice and mint with a deep core of black plum and cassis. The palate shows a density and depth of flavor only found in the best vintages. An opulent entry of the dark fruit seen on the nose gives way to vibrant back palate with a refreshing acidity. Despite the wine’s ‘broad shoulders’ it maintains a svelte structure and almost never ending finish. A brilliant example of how great Stellenbosch Cabernet can be, highlighting the perfect balance between new-world opulence and old-world elegance.' – Winemaker
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.1 g/L | TA: 6.3 g/L | PH: 3.51|
|Blend information||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Body||Medium to full-bodied|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Kleine Zalze is located 3km away from Stellenbosch and experiences a cool climate with fresh ocean breezes. Kleine Zalze Wines have received a number of awards and accolades such as their inclusion in the '2018 Top Wine SA Hall of Fame', being named the 'Best New World Producer of the Year in the UK' at the annual UK Sommelier Wine Awards and receiving a further seven medals at these awards. The dynamic team of Kobus Basson, Alastair Rimmer and RJ Botha are sure to keep Kleine Zalze on the path to unprecedented success, expecting many big things to come.|
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