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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A complex, dense and ageworthy South African Cabernet from Kleine Zalze

South Africa's Kleine Zalze dates back more than three centuries, but it is the estate's most recent history that is most relevant.

Owned and run for the past 20 years by Kobus Basson, Kleine Zalze has built up a reputation as one of the leading family wineries in South Africa and one of the most-awarded wine producers in Stellenbosch.

 This adept Cabernet shows what the estate (and the country) is capable of.
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (£16.35 independents) dense, ripe dark berries, balsamic, oaky, peppery spice and cigar box; black cherry, cassis and plum fruit with a dense, muscular core of firm, assertive tannins. Complex, fresh and mineral.

Youthful and primary, it will benefit from decanting and repay cellaring.

Very Good.

Match with roast red meat and darker game.

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