Kleine Zalze, Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2018South Africa, Stellenbosch
'Over the past two decades or so, Stellenbosch attorney Kobus Basson has developed Kleine Zalze into a model lifestyle wine estate and established a successful and broad range of bottlings, the mid-tier Vineyard Selection label always over-delivering. Aromas of black fruit and earth before a palate that is dense and powerful. Drinking Window 2020 - 2026.' – Decanter, 91/100
'Initially showing quite a robust nose with lots of ripe dark berry fruits giving way to notes of cedar wood and spice. A dense palate which is packed with ripe fruit give one idea to expect a burley heavy wine, however, the fine grained tannins and lively acidity ensure a very elegant palate that dances for a long lingering finish. A fantastic companion to most meat dishes and will also reward careful cellaring for at least 8 years.' – Winemaker
Alc: 14% | RS: 3.2 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.44
Tasting notes on the 2017 vintage:
'Deliciously rich dark-berry fruit flavours are supported by black plum, dark chocolate & floral hints, robust tannin frame in 2017. Shows great elegance & precision, benefits from less new oak than older sibling (40%, 18 months). Exceptional value, too, like 2016 (4.5 stars, 94 pts) & equally stellar 2015.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)
'Matured for 18 months in French oak, 40% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, violets and fresh herbs. Succulent fruit, vibrant acidity and crunchy tannins on the palate – nicely balanced and possessing real energy.' – Christian Eedes, Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2019, 93/100
About Kleine Zalze:
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.
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.2 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.44|
|Blend information||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|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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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