Kleine Zalze Project Z Syrah 2017
South Africa / Coastal Region
Andy's Tasting Notes
Far closer in style to the Northern Rhone than new world. The contrast of pure fruit, fresh minerality and savoury complexity is a joy. It’s so balanced and complete – a truly world class example to stand comparison with the best of this grape variety.
Total production is 1002 bottles. The superb label has been especially created by renowned South African artist Theo Paul Vorster.
The Project Z wines are produced by Kleine Zalze to be unique and creative examples of top quality bottlings from unique sites.
Producer notes: The adventurous approach to this Syrah was inspired by the untamed, rugged nature of the vineyard from which it is made. Cluttered with massive rocks of broken shale and very close to False Bays restless Atlantic Ocean, the focus was on maintaining fruit-purity in one of the great red wine varieties. The grapes were fermented in whole clusters to extract the complete spectrum of fruit characters whilst maintaining vibrancy and freshness. A one-year period of coaxing in old French oak barrels eased the tannins, allowing depth of flavour and a commanding presence, while preserving the brightness and life-affirming vigour of an expressive red wine.
‘From a Stellenbosch vineyard on shale. 100% whole-bunch fermented and matured in older oak. Very expressive, archetypal aromatics of red and blackberries, rosemary, white pepper and spice while the palate is particularly vivid and energetic – lovely pure fruit to go with a great line of acidity and fine tannins. With modest alcohol of 13%, this is beautifully judged and right up there with the best examples in the country. Total production: 1002 bottles.‘ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100
Price per bottle £52.45 £47.20
20 in stock
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.
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