Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot Blend 2011
By Christian Eedes, 7 December 2012
Yesterday the Kleine Zalze Year End Summer Wine Showcase at Michael Broughton’s Terroir, number nine on Eat Out magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Restaurant list. Wine of the day was the Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot Blend 2011 served with a rather tasty dish of Wagyu beef, bacon and corn risotto, organic baby vegetables and a natural jus. A combination of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot plus 10% Cabernet Franc, it was matured on staves in old barrels. Red and black berries, medium bodied, fresh acidity, fine tannins. Fruit driven but not frivolous – really good drinking and yours for only R40 a bottle.
Also of note was a taste of an unfinished Chenin Blanc, to be labelled as “Cuvée Select” and set to sell for around a R100 a bottle. Possessing great fruit purity, it’s less rich, ripe and thick textured than the Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2012 (R65 a bottle). I scored it a provisional 17/20 compared to 16/20 for the Vineyard Selection. The 2012 vintage of the unwooded Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc offers its usual excellent quality relative to price: clean and pure with bright acidity and a pithy finish. R37 a bottle, I scored it 16/20.