Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc

£21.00 / bottle
£239.40 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc is made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes are selected from exceptional quality single vineyards on the farm. It is Kleine Zalze’s flagship range and also includes a Shiraz and a Sauvignon Blanc.

Kleine Zalze is a family owned winery situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands and winemaking their can be traced back to 1695. However, when Kobus Basson and his family bought the property in 1996, there was a massive stride forward. In 1996 the estate was scientifically mapped to find the best terroir for different grape varieties and seventeen years of subsequent investment have seen Kleine Zalze become one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa.

The grapes for the Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc are sourced from three different wards and soils (Decomposed Granite, Oakleaf and Duplex) in Stellenbosch which each contributes different character and complexity to the wine. The vineyards are all over 40 years old and consist of unirrigated bush vines. The canopy of the bush vines are suckered and tipped to ensure a cool micro climate around the grapes with no direct sun and without botrytis. The grapes were picked separately between 22 and 24°balling, reductively crushed and the juice was given 12 -18 hours skin contact prior to settling. After only 1 day settling, we racked the cloudy juice (120ntu) to tank where it got inoculated with selected wine yeast strain. The juice was then gravity fed into 400l French oak barrels for fermentation. We only used 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels to protect the delicate Chenin Blanc fruit. The wine spent an extra 8 months in barrel before the components were blended. There was no fining or filtration before bottling.

This wine is suitable for vegan and vegetarians.

Tasting Notes

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc has aromas of white flowers and quince with hints of minerality leading to stone fruit flavours supported by well-integrated oak. Enjoy now or mature up to 15 years at optimum storage conditions.

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