Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2013
By Christian Eedes, 25 June 2014
The Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc from Kleine Zalze has always been a wine where cellarmaster Johan Joubert lets it all hang out and the 2013 vintage (R73 a bottle) is no exception. From Stellenbosch bush vines 30 to 55 years old, fermentation was begun in tank and finished in barrel (20% new, 40% second- and 40% third-fill), maturation lasting seven months.
Lemon, yellow peach and pineapple plus a touch of spice. The wine is rich and full but balanced – the fruit luscious, the texture thick and creamy but tangy acidity ensures it doesn’t become listless and the finish is nice and pithy. Not exactly subtle but I’d recommend you let yourself be swept away by its sheer exuberance.