“When do you think is a good time to release 2015 SB? Now? Too soon? Next year?” asked Lutzville Wines on Twitter last week and while Robertson winery Van Loveren has already released its 2015 vintage (not yet reviewed), Stellenbosch counterpart Kleine Zalze is now selling the 2013 vintage of its top-end Family Reserve (R141 a bottle from the cellar until the end of March).
The Family Reserve was nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s but not endorsed and it certainly packs a punch. Designated as W.O. Western Cape, grapes come from Durbanville and Stellenbosch. In terms of treatment in the cellar, it bears mentioning that the wine spent 14 months on the lees.
It’s intensely herbaceous on the nose, which regular readers will know is not my thing, but more pleasing on the palate with flavours of green pea through lime to granadilla and pineapple. Rich and full, smooth textured, coated acidity. Very little developed character and at the very least you have to admire the technical achievement the wine represents.