Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A wine that shows typical Stellenbosch density on both the bouquet and the palate. Aromas of black cherry, cassis and cigar-box opens up with dark fruit on the palate, complemented by full yet fine-grained tannins. A full, rich wine that maintains elegance typical to Kleine Zalze wines.

A fantastic accompaniment to most meat dishes.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winemaker : RJ Botha
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.00 % vol  rs : 3.1 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 6.4 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

21st Grand International MUNDUS VINI Summer Tasting Awards - Gold  Medal
2017 SAWi Awards - Grand Gold

ageing : Will also reward careful cellaring for at least ten years.

in the vineyard : Most of the fruit for this wine was sourced from our own vineyards with a few selected parcels from other Stellenbosch vineyards. The relatively wet winter season meant that no supplementary irrigation was needed and a good balance of fruit concentration and elegance was achieved with very little intervention. Moderate daytime and cool night-time temperatures during the ripening period meant that we had very good flavour development in the fruit prior harvest.

about the harvest: The various blocks were harvested at optimum ripeness..

in the cellar : The various grapes were vinified separately. After careful selection in the vineyard the grapes were hand sorted at the winery ensuring only the best fruit was vinified. After de-stemming the grapes were fermented in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and traditional open-top fermenters. We used a combination of “punch down” and “pump over” at different stages in fermentation and believe we need to extract all the good flavours and tannins at the beginning of fermentation. We end the process with only one pump over per day not to over extract the wine. After primary fermentation the grapes were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barrels (40% new, 30% second-fill and 30 % third-fill) for 20 months before final blending took place.

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