Looking for a new range of wine to cradle next to your fireplace this winter? Our wine of the month is Kleine Zalze. Here's everything you need to know, pairing guide in tow.
The folks at Kleine Zalze pride themselves on purveying and serving award-winning wines in a pretty-as-a-postcard setting – rolling mountains and oak-shaded terrace included.
Their continuous attention to detail, from selecting varieties and clones specifically suited to the various soils and slopes to careful management of the farm’s extensive natural assets, explains how they clean up at award shows.
In 2020, Kleine Zale were named Top Performing Winery of the Year by Platter’s South African wine guide, arguably the most comprehensive guide to South African wine in the world. And in 2022, they bagged four Double Golds and the Best Achiever award at the highly acclaimed Veritas Awards.
The estate produces four ranges, which include diverse varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Recently, they added two new Cap Classiques to their incredible collection of bubblies.
Our Kleine Zalze Pairing Guide
The Vineyard Selection:
This range offers wines with expressive flavours, complexity, structure, and cellaring potential. A great glass of wine to savour on its own or excellent partnered with food.
We love pairing the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay with creamy chicken or pork dishes, flaky fish, and rich seafood (especially white crabmeat and lobster). As for the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc, green salads, fried vegetables, and cured olives go beautifully as starters.
You can't go wrong with Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2016 paired with delectable braised beef or a good ol' hamburger – wagyu, of course.
Check out their tastings
Kleine Zalze wines have made their mark at local and international competitions winning a slew of awards, five stars, and gold medals. Enjoy the fruits of their finesse in their cosy tasting room or outside on the terrace, with views of Stellenbosch's breathtaking mountain range.
- Family Reserve Tasting The flagship range of exceptional single-vineyard wines: R160 for 4 wines
- Vineyard Selection Tasting A range made from carefully selected and farmed vines: R60 for 3 wines; R100 for 5 wines
- Cellar Selection Tasting The accessible, easy-drinking range of reds, whites and rosé R45 for 3 wines; R75 for 5 wines
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm (last tasting at 5pm)
Sunday, 11am – 6pm (including public holidays)
After your wine-tasting, grab lunch at the Kleine Zalze restaurant. The menu features a selection of plats du jour as well as made-for-sharing tapas plates.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3.30pm (à la carte)
Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm (set menu)
Address Strand Road, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch
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