Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch is one of those great places that are always a pleasure to visit.
Words by Greg Landman
Not only can you eat at Michael Broughton’s legendary restaurant Terroir, but there is superb accommodation and a world-class golf course if you really feel you want to have some exercise.
However, for me, the greatest attraction is the superb range of prize-winning wines that have made Kleine Zalze famous and that make it all worthwhile in a big way. Cellar master Alistair Rimmer and winemaker R J Botha and their teams have a hands-on approach that ensures all the wines you taste are standouts.
The range is a large one and can seem overwhelming but the expert staff at the tasting room guides you through it all with great finesse.
Top of the range is the Family Reserve Range featuring some magnificent wines like the famous Cabernet Sauvignon, rich and complex, the superb Shiraz, with delicious spicy notes and the knockout Chenin, barrel fermented and fabulous. All these are rated 4 and a half stars in the new Platter Guide.
The Vineyard Selection Chardonnay is great value for a wine so magnificent, vivid with summer fruit and delicious nutty flavours from expert oaking.
The Cellar Selection has charms of its own at more manageable prices, like the Brut MCC and the Gamay Rosé, deliciously different, especially in SA. Dare I call it a user-friendly range—why not?—the Zalze Range has a palette of flavours and tastes all its own with the Bush Vine Chenin a standout charmer.
To finish it all off there are two excellent quaffers at the Foot of Africa range, a Shiraz Viognier blend and a cracker of a Chenin. But don’t take my word for it. Fire up the old jalopy and get yourself there for a delightful experience.
OFF THE R44 STELLENBOSCH PHONE 021 880 0717