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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

  • Grape 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Country South Africa
  • Region Stellenbosch
  • ABV 14.5 %
  • Producer Kleine Zalze
  • Case size 12 / 75cl
  • Just a hint of fynbos intermingling with deliciously dark flavors or currant and cherry on the bouquet. These follow on the palate with notes of cedar and spice to support the mid-palate fruit. The supple tannin structure provides enough structure to remain serious but light enough to ensure it doesn't detract from the very long finish of the wine.

A careful selection was made in the vineyard and 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 downs and pump overs at different stages in fermentation and tried to extract as much flavor and tannin, at the beginning of fermentation, as possible. Towards the end of the process, we drastically reduced the extraction and usually limit it to only one pump per day not to over-extract the wine and ensure we achieved the best balance. After primary fermentation, the grapes were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barrels, 75% new, 25% 2nd and 3rd fill, for 20 months before final blending took place.

The fruit for this wine was sourced from just 2 specific vineyard blocks on our farm. Even though the winter season was not as wet as in previous years, no supplementary irrigation was needed. A good balance of fruit concentration and elegance was achieved with very little intervention. A warm start to the season was followed by cooler conditions towards the latter part of harvest aided by later-ripening grapes which meant that we had very good flavor development in the Cabernet fruit.

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