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Kleine Zalze, Project Z Sweet Fortified 375ml NV

South Africa, Cape Coastal
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KleineZalze_ProjectZSweetFortified_375ml_NV
R335

Critic Score

93
PG

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This non-vintage Sweet Fortified wine pays tribute to this part of the Cape’s wine history but adds a dashing element of irreverence. As the grapes fermented, pure grape spirit was added to arrest the fermentation process and capture the essence of nectar, honey and natural sugars. Ageing in oak barrels broadened the wine, giving it power and weight in a cloak of sweet, delicious elegance.

Tasting notes:
'Fortified after-dinner treats not first thing that spring to mind here, but debut NV can stand among SA’s best. Honeydew melon in mouthful that’s sweet but whistle-clean, lively, invites a second sip. Successive vintages (2015-2018) of mostly chenin, muscat, viognier & sauvignon blended in a solera-style system into delicious whole. Certified as ‘Fortified Natural Sweet’. Coastal WO.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'A multi-varietal blend from the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages, the different batches picked late and then fortified, the intention being to incorporate subsequent vintages according to the solera method. The nose shows candied orange, dried apricot, caramel, some nuttiness and spice. The palate is very rich and smooth textured before a savoury finish. Total production: 957 bottles.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100

About Project Z:
With Project Z, the team of winemakers at Kleine Zalze has free rein to interact with nature, to search for the ultimate expression from a vineyard and to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation in order to keep growing and evolving.

The 'project' originated back in 2014 from discussion between owner, Kobus Basson and the winemaking team. From the debates, the 'project' grew and today the cornerstones of the Project Z wines are a selection of vineyards on extraordinary sites and an impressive collection of Italian amphorae that were steadily acquired since 2015. And of course, a dedicated, committed, and skillful team.

The first wine was bottled in 2017 and by 2020 a unique range of signature wines were ready for release. Dressing the bottles was the only missing component. The packaging follows through on the journey of discovery and allows the winemaking team to own the full process of the creation of the first wines to be released in this range.
More Information
Alcohol 17.5%
Technical analysis RS: 172 g/L | TA: 6.4 g/L | PH: 3.58
Variety Blend
Rating PG 93
Body Full-bodied
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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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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com  |  AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com  |  CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JS: James Suckling  |  JR: JancisRobinson.com  |  JD: Jeb Dunnuck  |  NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  VIN: Vinous.com  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WM: Winemag.co.za Report  |  WS: Wine Spectator