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Kleine Zalze - Cleef's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Rimmer
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
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JP: 3 Stars (2012)

Wine tasting notes

The wine shows rich dark berry, plum and spicy aromas. On the palate the flavours are well integrated with firm ripe tannins, providing this wine with a medium-full velvety texture. This medium to full bodied wine can be enjoyed now or keep for up to eight years.

Winery Information

Kleine Zalze

Kleine Zalze is a family owned winery situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Winemaking has taken place there on a small scale since 1695 but it was in 1996, when Kobus Basson and his family purchased the property, that the modern Kleine Zalze was born. In 1996 the estate's soils were scientifically mapped, evaluated and replanted according to their specific terroir characteristics and potential. Continuous investment over the last 17 years has seen the winery evolve into one of the most.. read more

Expert Reviews

John Platter (2012)3 stars

Blackcurrant & tobacco notes on 2012, the firm tannin backbone well coated by juicy fruit. Enough grip for rich casseroles, 4+ years ageing.

Vinification Notes

All the Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand selected on the sorting tables, leaving only the best berries for vinification. After crushing, the grapes were split into stainless steel and open fermented cement tanks depending on the differences in soil. After three days of cold soaking, the grapes were inoculated with selected dry yeast for the fermentation process to start. The stainless steel tank was regularly pumped over for optimum colour and flavour extraction and the cement tanks received regular punch-downs to ensure the necessary grape tannins for the blend. After fermentation, extended skin contact was given before pressing. Thereafter, the wine was matured for 24 months in French oak barrels (40% first fill, 30% second fill and 30 % third fill).