Kleine Zalze makes history with Michelangelo double

Kleine Zalze Estate made history following its resounding success at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. For the first time in the event’s 22-year history, its esteemed panel of judges awarded not one, but two trophies to the same wine – a 98 point wine produced by the esteemed Kleine Zalze wine estate.

In what organisers describe as “one of [the event’s] most competitive line-ups” ever, the Stellenbosch producer’s Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 received the Grand Prix Wine Trophy – the show’s top accolade – as well as the SA Airlink Trophy for Best Shiraz.

The important message that continues to be delivered by every top wine competition and here again by Michelangelo is that Stellenbosch terroir produces exceptional fruit,” says Kleine Zalze head winemaker Alastair Rimmer. “This is true for varieties like Shiraz as much as for Cabernet Sauvignon, for which the region is already well known.”

At the hands of the Kleine Zalze team, Shiraz has repeatedly shone. In the same competition last year, it was the Vineyard Selection Shiraz that stood out, taking Double Gold. The Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 also recently received gold medals at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition and 2018 Mundus Vini Summer Tasting.

This latest award is a fantastic testament to the efforts of an extremely dynamic team of people involved in growing Kleine Zalze wines,” says Kleine Zalze owner and managing director Kobus Basson.

In addition to the trophies at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards this year, Kleine Zalze received Gold for its Brut MCC, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon in a field comprising a record 2 255 wine-and-spirit entries this year.

Michelangelo is the largest competition of its kind on the continent and its wine assessments, among the most trusted. Significantly, most of the judging panel comprises international experts and this year included 30 specialists from 16 nationalities.

The estate where these wines are born lies in an area of Stellenbosch famous for producing South African icons. Kleine Zalze is also one of the oldest farms in the Cape winelands, producing wines of international appeal through a blend of heritage, passion and contemporary know-how.

Apart from its award-winning wines, the estate is also famous for a variety of attractions, including the critically acclaimed Terroir gourmet restaurant of Chef Michael Broughton; breath-taking hiking and cycling routes; the world-renowned De Zalze golf course; and, a luxurious four-star Cape Dutch-style lodge.

Kleine Zalze is situated in Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch, South Africa.

For more information contact Anthony van Schalkwyk, Marketing Manager at Kleine Zalze via e-mail AvanSchalkwyk@kleinezalze.co.za or visit www.kleinezalze.co.za. The estate is also on Twitter @kleine_zalze and Facebook @kleinezalzeofficial.