Cellar Selection Pinotage 2018, Kleine Zalze
South Africa / multi-region
Andy's Tasting Notes
Nothing rustic or jarring about this Pinotage. It’s juicy and fresh, and has the added advantage of being very compatible with most foods. A very elegant expression of Pinotage. The fruit expression is of wild berries, juicy ripe fruit on the palate with lovely floral notes on the finish.
Production notes: The grapes for this blend come primarily from the Stellenbosch area and are usually augmented with selected parcels from other regions. After picking, the grapes were destemmed only and transferred to tank for “whole-berry” fermentation. Half of the wine was fermented in open cement tanks with regular punch downs and pump overs to extract tannin and colour. The remaining half was fermented in closed stainless steel tank and pumped over every 8 hours. The wines were pressed before complete alcoholic fermentation to ensure soft tannins and avoid any over extraction. The wine was matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 12 months.
Price per bottle £10.50
Kleine Zalze is a family owned winery situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Winemaking has taken place there on a small scale since 1695 but it was in 1996, when Kobus Basson and his family purchased the property, that the modern Kleine Zalze was born. In 1996 the estate’s soils were scientifically mapped, evaluated and replanted according to their specific terroir characteristics and potential. Continuous investment over more than 20 years has seen the winery evolve into one of the most awarded in Stellenbosch.
Kleine Zalze complies with the internationally recognised Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme. The scheme certifies that their grapes and wine are produced according to environmentally sustainable production methods. Compliance with the IPW guidelines assures the buyer and consumer that the production process is environmentally sustainable and that the minimum food safety requirements have been met.
Many of Kleine Zalze’s vineyards are now Fairtrade certified and the company also actively supports local charities and organisations that are involved in community empowerment.
Food matchVery versatile