Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2011
By Christian Eedes, 21 September 2011
Vintage after vintage, this wine over-delivers in terms of quality relative to price. The 2011 currently has a pronounced primary character with plenty of guava on nose and palate but don’t be fooled into thinking this is an insubstantial wine – there’s a concentrated fruit offset by really crisp acidity.
From old bush vines in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch, grapes were picked in two batches, one at 22° Balling for freshness and one at 23° Balling for richness (the final wine containing 15% botrytis). After fermentation, it was left on the lees for three months. It should gain complexity over the next few years but I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure as it’s almost impossible to resist now…
Score: 16/20; price ex-cellar: R35 a bottle.