Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2022

Tasting Notes

Winery: Kleine Zalze
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
SKU: KLERESCHE2022 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2022



2023 Winemag.co.za – 2023 Chenin Blanc of Year – Best of Category – 95 pts
From vineyards planted between 1977 and 1987. Inoculated in tank. Matured for 8 months in 400-litre barrels, two 500-litre amphorae and concrete eggs. Complex aromatics with top notes of hay and fynbos before pear, peach and citrus with some ginger in the background. The palate has dense fruit, punchy acidity and dry finish. Intensely flavoured with plenty of energy.

4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Subtle lily & elderflower aromas on 22 (94 pts), nectarine & pineapple richness has bright acid & chalky texture to counter, cohesive & composed from ferment/8 months on lees in old oak, terracotta amphora &, a first, concrete egg. Lovely mineral tautness & length.

93 Tim Atkin MW 2023
Now sold as an Old Vine Project wine – its youngest component was planted in 1987 – this is an egg, terracotta amphora and older oak-aged white with layers of peaches, cream and citrus fruit and subtle, leesy complexity. A wine with welcome layers of complexity. 2023-28

91 pts Wine Advocate May 2024
The 2022 Family Reserve Chenin Blanc displays a weighted and mineral-rich profile, enhanced by citrus zest and waxy textures, with subtle undertones of nutty and peach skin notes. Medium-bodied and fresh, this wine is seamless and integrates into the palate with surprising focus as its incredibly food-friendly acidity struts across the mid-palate. No new oak was used, and the wine benefited from eight months on the lees, adding complexity and texture. 24,775 bottles were produced. 2023-2033

Winemaker Notes

The Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2022 was crafted from three different wards and soils (Decomposed Granite, Oakleaf and Duplex) in Stellenbosch, each contributing to the complexity of the wine. 2022 is also the first vintage of Family Reserve to be certified as made from Heritage Vineyards. The canopy of the bush vines was suckered and tipped to ensure a cool microclimate around the bunches with no direct sun and without botrytis. Due to a cool, wet spring, budding was seven to 14 days later than usual, but consistently good and even, promising a great vintage.

The grapes were picked separately between 21 and 23°balling, reductively crushed and the resulting juice given 12 -18 hours skin contact prior to settling. After only 1 day of settling, the slightly turbid juice was racked off its gross lees to a stainless-steel tank where it was inoculated with selected slow fermenting yeast strains. The juice was then gravity fed into 400l French oak barrels and 2 x 500l Italian Terracotta Amphora and, for the first time at Kleine Zalze, concrete eggs for fermentation. No new oak was used to preserve the delicate flavours of Chenin Blanc.The wine spent an extra 8 months on the lees in the respective fermentation vessels, with no fining or filtration before bottling.

Only the very best Chenin Blanc is selected for this wine. Focus is placed on blending components that are not necessarily obviously pungent and fruity, but rather those that are intensely and elegantly structured, promising fantastic ageability. White peach with bursts of citrus pith. Understated power with mineral finish on the palate and a delicate floral perfume. Enjoy now or age up to 15 years at optimum storage conditions.

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