Our Wines

Kleine Zalze wines are marked by 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.  They are made according to traditional methods, with minimal cellar intervention but supported by sophisticated technology.  Each vineyard block is vinified independently to give the winemaking team the building blocks to create wines that taste of place.  Close attention is paid to cultivating grapes of exceptional quality and each vineyard is assessed and managed individually during the growth period. Extensive yield reduction is also done to produce the best quality, fruit driven wines with outstanding character and maturation potential.  With access to 80 hectares of prime vineyards, Kleine Zalze has a variety of growing conditions that make for a varied offering of wines.  A combination of soil type, gradient, aspect and mesoclimates allows for excellent matching of cultivar with location, and the creation of a spectrum of red and white wines.  On the farm itself, south-facing vineyards, planted in deep red, well-drained soils, deliver fruit of rich and concentrated intensity.  Old bush vines established in stony soils along the Berg River in Wellington are the source of the winery’s prized Chenin Blanc wines, while cool-climate vineyards near Cape Agulhas, in the most southerly part of Africa, make for great elegance.

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The Vineyards

Vineyard at Klein ZalzeFarm manager Henning Retief and viticulturist Schalk du Toit provide the foundation for the prize-winning wine portfolio, ensuring grapes of exceptional quality by employing viticultural techniques that focus on sustainability.  Their success lies in giving special attention to management of the microclimate around grape bunches.  Their decisions, such as vine row planting direction, trellising and the height above the ground of vines, as well as the shape and density of leaf canopies all impact on the quality of fruit delivered to the cellars.


The Cellar

Winemaker Johan JoubertThe winemaking team represents depth of experience balanced by a youthful and adventurous energy, and a desire to explore new taste boundaries. Johan Joubert is a past winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Robert Mondavi Winemaker of the Year trophy, one of the most coveted in the world of winemaking.  His capacity to master a classical finesse matched by prominent varietal flavour has earned the cellar many distinguished awards both in South Africa and abroad.




The Philosophy

Our winemaking philosophy is underpinned by a three-pronged strategy of nurturing and developing all the components involved in the process: the vineyards, the cellar, and the people. The vineyards are where all great wines are made and we leave no stone unturned to produce the best quality grapes. The cellar is responsible throughout the wine making process for safeguarding the best quality found only in the grapes, to produce our great wines. The people involved in the whole process are what make it all possible. To this avail our directors and management are responsible for motivating and training the team to empower them to do their best.

At Kleine Zalze we are passionate about making and enjoying wine and we love sharing this with you, our valued customer. When you next visit the town of Stellenbosch be sure to pay us a visit and we will gladly arrange for you to go on a cellar tour. The old cellar has been renovated and upgraded to reduce mechanical handling of the grapes to a minimum, by using natural methods of whole bunch pressing, free-flow juice extraction and peristaltic pumping of the wine. A new cooling system and temperature-controlled barrel-fermentation cellar has been installed, along with a 1000-barrel capacity maturation cellar imbedded in the cool granite earth.

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