Wine of the Month (October ’17)

I know, I know another Cabernet Sauvignon, but really guys this will blow you away.  This is my go to wine now. I do realize it is starting to get warmer that’s why I also chose the Chenin of Kleine Zalze.

Both wines are top quality and very easy drinking, but still complexed enough to pair with food. I do hope you will try these two wines. I am super excited about them and think you will agree when you taste them.

The Cabernet is super well priced for the quality that you get and that is why I choose him, but please spoil yourselves and buy their Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, it is not for tasting but you will be happy forever after having that.

Please remember to Hashtag me #winewithElmarie whenever you have tried my recommendations. I would love to hear from you.


Kleine Zalze wines are marked by a classical structure and complexity matched by a vibrant flavour intensity. Discernibly South African in style, they are refreshing, beautifully balanced and well-suited to food. Our wines are made according to traditional methods with minimal cellar intervention, but supported by modern equipment.

The intensity of the ‘New World’ with its full fruit flavours combines with the elegance and structure of the ‘Old World’ to yield wines of character, complexity and balance that reflect our terroir and climate.

This refined approach to viticulture and wine making, together with the attention to detail and the personal touch that goes with being a family-owned estate, contribute to the ongoing success of Kleine Zalze’s wines.



WINE OF ORIGIN: Stellenbosch


Most of the fruit for this wine was sourced from our own vineyards with a few selected parcels from other Stellenbosch vineyards. The relatively wet winter season meant that no supplementary irrigation was needed and a good balance of fruit concentration and elegance was achieved with very little intervention.

Moderate day-time and cool night-time temperatures during the ripening period meant that we had very good flavour development in the fruit prior harvest.


The various blocks were harvested at optimum ripeness and vinified separately. After careful selection in the vineyard the grapes were hand sorted at the winery ensuring only the best fruit was vinified.

After de-stemming, the grapes were fermented in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and traditional open-top fermenters. We used a combination of “punch down” and “pump over” at different stages during fermentation to the best possible extraction and to get balance between flavour and tannin levels.

Special care was taken not to over extract the wine and maintain density without compromising elegance. After primary fermentation the grapes were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barrels (40% new, 30% second-fill and

30 % third-fill) for 20 months before final blending took place.


A wine that shows typical Stellenbosch density on both the bouquet and the palate. Aromas of black cherry, black plum and cigar-box on the bouquet lead to a rich palate of currant and cassis backed up by hints of cedar and oak with fine tannins and a lingering finish.

A full, rich wine that maintains elegance typical to the wines of Kleine Zalze. A fantastic companion to most meat dishes and will also reward careful cellaring for at least ten years.

Food Suggestions:

I paired this Cabernet with my Irresistible Beef Burger



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