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Details for Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, Chenin Blanc

CountrySouth Africa


One of the most famous wine regions in South Africa is named after the second oldest town in South Africa, which lies at its heart.

Stellenbosch is surrounded by a glorious amphitheatre of mountains. Vineyards can be found both on the valley floor and on the sides of the valleys. The soils move from sandstone to granite as the land gets higher, although the best wines are generally thought to come from the area surrounding the town.

The further north you travel in Stellenbosch, the warmer the climate gets (because you’re heading inland) but the whole of Stellenbosch is nevertheless blessed with great grape growing conditions. Chenin Blanc was historically the wine of note here and some excellent examples are still produced, but today the region is dominated by red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, although good Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc can be achieved here in the right locations.

Kleine Zalze

Kleine Zalze is an historic Stellenbosch estate which was founded in 1685. Records show that there were over 700 vines planted by 1695. But wine production remained only a small part of the estate's output for the next three centuries until it was bought by the Basson family in 1996.

Kobus Basson, the current owner, embarked on a vineyard planting program using those grape varieties shown to be most suitable by an analysis of the soils around the estate. The new plantings were mainly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the older Chenin Blanc vineyards were retained. Continued investment since then has paid off in a string of awards for Kleine Zalze wines in recent years, both in South Africa's ferociously competitive wine shows and internationally.

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