KLEINE ZALZE has established itself as a worthy contender on the world stage of quality wine producers in just 20 short years. Kobus and Mariette Basson purchased the farm situated on the R44 in the historic town of Stellenbosch in 1996.
After garnering many international awards in 2015, the producer continues the winning streak in 2016. Some of these accolades are:
1. The Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2013 scored an impressive 90 points, one of only a dozen entries to score 90 points and above, in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Report.
2. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2015 received a coveted Gold medal and was also the only South African entry to be included in the Top 10 list of Chardonnays at the 23rd Annual Chardonnay du Monde competition.
3. Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Unwooded Chardonnay 2015 was one of only three South African wines to walk away with a Grand Gold medal at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016 – This wine is available from the cellar door at just R52 per bottle.
The 2016 event which took place in Bulgaria saw 8750 wines from some 50 countries tasted blind by a panel of 320 international judges.
‘I believe winemakers are custodians of what is produced in the vineyard. Our wines offer the richness of barrel fermented Chardonnays, but we also preserve freshness and vibrancy in the wine, maintaining that natural acidity to let the terroir shine through,” says Alastair Rimmer, cellar master of Kleine Zalze.
While reflecting on the success of the past two decades, the team is also looking ahead to the next 20 years of world class winemaking. After extensive soil and terroir analysis, this spring will see the estate’s viticulture team replanting 20 hectares of prime vineyard blocks with carefully selected clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Petit Verdot, with further vineyard development still to come. Concludes Basson: It’s about putting capital back into the soil, reinvesting is the future, and now we’re laying the groundwork for the next 20 years.
|Cellar master Alastair Rimmer, owner Kobus Basson and winemaker RJ Botha|
Friends, media and retail guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch by acclaimed chef Michael Broughton and his team at Terroir restaurant recently. The Estate's finest was superbly paired with the banquet to bring out the complementary and the contrast in the wines.
Watch this space in 2036!
Kleine Zalze is situated in Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch, South Africa.