Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc & Kooyong Pinot Noir

Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2008 (South Africa)

This is a great value example of a rich, ripe, wooded Chenin brimming with honeyed, lipsmacking tropical citrus fruit.  With a deft touch of residual sugar it perfectly offsets the heat of a Cape Malay fruity curry and, closer to home, I’ve found it a great match for Madhur Jaffrey’s sour chickpea curry. £5.99 at Waitrose.

Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2006 (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia)

I’m a huge fan of Kooyong’s Pinot Noirs and Chardys.  Complex and subtle wines they’re an emphatic riposte to the naysayers who reckon Australia only does sunshine in a glass fruit bombs.  Get with it!  This is savoury, long, tight, with a bright core of red cherry and pomegranate fruit, rolling acidity, a touch of tannin.  Very good – enjoyed the previous vintage with turbot over wild mushrooms at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Parfait!  £19.95 at Great Western Wine.

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  1. Tim Pearson

    Hi Sarah

    Firstly well done with the new site…very 2009. I dont know much about the Kooyong Estate but I agree with you regarding Australian Chardonnays and Pinots…they appear to be realing in the ‘fruit bombs’ and heading for a more subtle approach (if anyone could ever describe Auzzie wines as subtle). There are some excellent growers and winemakers down there.

    As for the Kleine Zalze Chenin I agree entirely with your description and a good marry with the curry (also give Pinotage a go with a, not overly hot, meat curry, especially lamb dishes). South Africa is getting better and better each year with this very underrated variety (try also versions by Raats Family, Jean Daneel, Ken Forresters FMC and Simonsig).

    Keep up the good work Sarah……..Ollie thingy watch out.

  2. sarah

    Thanks Tim and, yes, a big fan of the other Chenin producers you mention – check out my South Africa reports for more!

  3. Brister

    Have just drank fantastic Kleine Zalze 2007 at local pub restaurant “Pinot Noir” SA(West Cape). Where can I buy it for home consumption please? Olive Brister

    • sarah

      Hi Olive, I’m not sure if you mean the wine you drank was a Pinot Noir – didn’t know Kleine Zalze made one, they certainly make a Pinotage. But if you mean the Chenin Blanc I wrote up it’s in Waitrose and I do believe it’s about to be on a 20% off deal – even more of a bargain. If it’s a Kleine Zalze Pinot Noir or the Pinotage you’re after try contacting their UK agents, Stevens Garnier at http://www.stevensgarnier.co.uk/

      All best


  4. Cass

    Tried the Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc for the first time last night and was very impressed. Absolutely exploding with fruity flavour and accompanied our fish dishes perfectly. To be honest, it is a wine that would go with many flavours stronger than fish, it is so full of flavour and very refreshing.

  5. Margaret Walker

    Hi Olive,
    I also had a bottle of Kleine Zalsa Pinot Noir in Frankie & Bennys in Meadowhall, Sheffield last week and it was beautiful. I have been trying to find it as well, but no luck I can only find the Pinotage. Hope you have better luck than me.

    • sarah

      I have a feeling that this wine is sold to on-trade (restaurants etc) only, not wine shops…shame

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