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Kleine Zalze News: Last stretch of 2018

17 December 2018  -  Kleine Zalze Wines

We are in the final stretch of the year and the last three months have been exceptionally good for Kleine Zalze when it comes to awards.

Kleine Zalze wine estate made history following its resounding success at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, announced on 29 September 2018. For the first time in the event's 22-year history, its esteemed panel of judges awarded not one, but two trophies to the same wine - a 99 point wine produced by the esteemed Kleine Zalze wine estate.

In what organisers describe as "one of [the event's] most competitive line-ups" ever, the Stellenbosch producer's Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 received the Grand Prix Wine Trophy - the show's top accolade - as well as the SA Airlink Trophy for Best Shiraz.

At the hands of the Kleine Zalze team, Shiraz has repeatedly shone. In the same competition last year, it was the Vineyard Selection Shiraz that stood out, taking Double Gold. The Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 also recently received gold medals at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition and 2018 Mundus Vini Summer Tasting.

In addition to the trophies at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards this year, Kleine Zalze received Gold for its Brut MCC, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon in a field comprising a record 2 255 wine-and-spirit entries this year.

Michelangelo is the largest competition of its kind on the continent and its wine assessments, among the most trusted. Significantly, most of the judging panel comprises international experts and this year included 30 specialists from 16 nationalities. Another recent highlight for the estate was the gold medals that were won at the 2018 Mundus Vini Summer Tasting.

Four gold medals were won for the Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 (as mentioned above) which was joined by Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2017 and Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. 

Tim Atkin SA Report

In his seventh annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin contends that the 2015 and 2017 vintages have produced a brilliant series of wines that surpass anything in the country’s long history, and that they are “two of the best ever harvests” in the Cape.

This year, Atkin singled out Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, white blends, Bordeaux red blends, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault and Syrah for special praise and also comments on the success of the Old Vine Project in drawing attention to the Cape’s heritage vineyards. “It’s vital that South Africa nurtures, promotes and protects this unique resource,” he says. “So many of the country’s best wines are sourced from old vines.”

Kleine Zalze once again received amazing scores (see below) ranging from 90 - 94 points from the esteemed journalist.

Kleine Zalze triumphed at the annual Veritas Awards, having won no less than 1 Double Gold and 5 Gold medals.
The Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was the lucky winner of the double gold medal and the Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016, Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Family Reserve Shiraz 2007 and Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2017 were awarded Gold medals.

Veritas Awards in its 28th year strives to honour SA’s finest wines and the medals are recognised as a symbol of quality not only in South Africa but globally too. In 2018 there were 50 Double Gold medals and 219 Gold medals awarded from the 1677 entries received.
Kleine Zalze’s success at Veritas was emulated at the FNB Sauvignon Blanc competition in October where two of the Kleine Zalze Sauvignon Blanc’s placed in the Top 20.

Rosé Rocks!

‘Rosé Rocks!' is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition which seeks to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and promote the SA Rosé category.

Rosé is one of the fastest growing categories of wine in South Africa and internationally. In South Africa alone, sales have grown annually in double digits in the last few years. This is exciting for consumers and winemakers alike, and there's no doubt about it, rosé wines have sex appeal!

Both the Kleine Zalze MCC Brut NV and Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cinsaut / Rosé received gold medals at this years’ competition.

Congratulations to our viticulture and winemaking teams for the continuous outstanding achievements.