KLEINE ZALZE MAKES HISTORY WITH MICHELANGELO DOUBLE TROPHY FOR STELLENBOSCH SHIRAZ
South Africa, Stellenbosch, October 2018; KLEINE ZALZE WINE ESTATE made history this
weekend following its resounding success at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits
Awards, announced on the weekend. 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
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
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.
Kleine Zalze’s performance at the event is no coincidence, underlines the production of award
winning wines over 22 years and consistent excellence across varieties and vintages.
Two of the most recent highlights for the estate were the gold medals that were won at the
2018 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and the 2018 Mundus Vini Summer Tasting.
In the latter, four gold medals were won for the Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 which was joined
by Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2017 and
Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.
Five gold medals were collected by the estate when judges at the 2018 Concours Mondial de
Bruxelles – “the United Nations of Fine Wines” and a benchmark among international wine
contests - singled out many of the same wines, but from other vintages. They were the Kleine
Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016, Family
Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and Vineyard Selection
Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
The cumulative achievement notched up at these two prominent and important European
competitions was the best of all South African wineries. “The awards are outstanding recognition
of consistent focus on good quality across our varieties, especially because Europe is such a
good market for us,” says Kobus.
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
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
Kleine Zalze is situated in Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch, South Africa.
For more information contact Anthony van Schalkwyk, Marketing Manager at Kleine Zalze via email
AvanSchalkwyk@kleinezalze.co.za or visit www.kleinezalze.co.za. The estate is also on
Twitter @kleine_zalze and Facebook @kleinezalzeofficial
For press assistance contact Lise Manley of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626
539) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kobus Basson at Kleine Zalze on 021 880 0717 or email
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