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South Africa, Stellenbosch

Kleine Zalze

Kleine Zalze 'Vineyard Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Kleine Zalze 'Vineyard Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 5 Stars 2020 Platter's South African Wine Guide

Food Accompaniments

Grilled steak with mushrooms

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019
Made as a greater Stellenbosch blend, this combines grapes from a number of its sub-regions and is another Kleine Zalze wine that over delivers in the glass. With 40% new wood and plenty of colour and fruit intensity, it's minty and fresh with the balance of the 2017 vintage 2020-2025.
5 Stars (95 pts) 2020 Platter's South African Wine Guide
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.

Winemaker Notes

Most of the fruit for this wine was sourced from our own vineyards with a few selected parcels from other Stellenbosch vineyards. In 2017 we had a very dry winter season and warm dry conditions early in the growing season but slightly cooler weather in the run up to harvest. The drier than usual conditions resulted in smaller berries and with the cool weather in the later stages of ripening lead to good balance of fruit concentration and elegance with very little intervention required.
A very classic Stellenbosch Cabernet. The bouquet is a typical one filled with layers of dark fruits and just the slightest hint of herbaceous freshness. A dense palate which is packed with svelte tannins that are beautifully balanced by the cassis and blackberry fruit notes which linger seductively on the back palate. This wine combines the best of new world fruit and old world elegance! A fantastic companion to most meat dishes and will also reward careful cellaring for at least 8 years.

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Chemical Analysis




14% alcohol by volume



Cabernet Sauvignon

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