KLEINE ZALZE WINE 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.
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.
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.
Apart from its award-winning wines, the estate is 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.