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Kleine Zalze 'Family Reserve'

Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

South Africa White

Western Cape 75cl

At Kleine Zalze we recognize that each of the five different regions that we selected our grapes from, contributes each in creating our Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc style.
40% come from Stellenbosch, 40% from Durbanville, 10% from Darling, 5% from Walker Bay and 5% from the West Coast. Only the best bunches from the various blocks from vineyards, not further than 10 kilometers from the sea, were harvested separately at night to ensure optimal freshness. A combination of decomposed granite soil from Stellenbosch, Scali soils from Durbanville and Darling regions, resulted in berries with green fig, pea and asparagus flavours. Through canopy management ripening were obtained in perfect micro and macro climate conditions, resulting in higher flavour levels of parazine in the juice. The temperature of ripening were 1,5C higher than the temperature of 2010 and managed by monitoring the water retention levels of the soils.
Picking started at 06h00 in the morning and on arrival in the cellar, the grapes were destalked and left on the skins. After racking the juice were inoculated with selected yeast strains and cold fermented. With a slow fermentation the wine was fermented for 3 weeks and left on the lees. Each of the five tanks received a ten month lees contact period. The components were blended and left for another one month to ensure a good fruit integration from the different regions before bottling.

It's a really impressive Sauvignon, mandarin, grape, passion fruit, mango and citrus with some gentle herbaceous notes on the nose.
It's quite textured with green pea, mandarin, passion fruit and herbaceous characters on the palate, really quite multi-layered and complex.
Lovely depth and length with delicious fruit and texture from the 10 months on lees. High quality and will age for another 2-3 years.

Published: 19 May 2013

, Author: Noel

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