An increasingly popular grape varietal in South Africa, the Kleine Zalze Merlot is rich with ripe blackcurrant fruit and has deliciously supple and juicy tannins. Part of the blend was matured in French oak and the fruit flavours of this wine is delightfully complimented by a crisp, well integrated acidity and an elegant velvety finish.
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Stellenbosch region of South Africa
One of the most famous wine regions in South Africa surrounds the second oldest town in South Africa, of the same name.
In an amphitheatre style, Stellenbosch is surrounded by a series of mountains, and vineyards can be found both on the valley floor and on the sides of the valleys, as the soils move from sandstone to granite as the land gets higher, although the best wines are generally thought to come from the area surrounding the town.
The further north you travel in Stellenbosch, the warmer the climate (as you’re heading inland) but the whole of Stellenbosch is nevertheless blessed with great grape growing conditions. While Chenin Blanc was historically the wine of note here, today the region much prefers to turn its hand to red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot although good Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay can be achieved here in the right locations.
Widely planted all over the world this grape gives fruity, smooth versatile wines that are used to create a number of different styles. It is said to come from Bordeaux originally where it is traditionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In this region it defines the style of the wines that come from the right-bank of the Gironde River where the variety makes up the largest component of the blend in St Emilion and Pomerol wines.
Its soft and easy style has adapted well to warmer climes in Australia, California, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand where it is often found on its own or in blends that mimic the classic Bordeaux mix. It has also produced some tremendous results in Northern Italy.
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Salads & Vegetables
This wine works well with chargrilled and roasted vegetables as well as smoked and cured meats and mushrooms.
Fish & Seafood
A good meaty fish is best served with this wine. A lightly grilled tuna steak or a nice piece of salmon will go down a treat.
Pasta & Other Sauces
This wine works well with tomato based sauces such as bolognese. It will also go with wild mushroom risotto and truffle based sauces.
Flavourful meats such as beef, pheasant and duck are perfectly paired to this wine or try it with a good sausage casserole and cured meats such as Parma ham.
Herbs & Spices
A broad range of herbs and spices such as mint, nutmeg, garlic and chives can be used to draw out the flavours of this wine.
Spanish and Italian dishes work well with this wine - think tuscan beans and arrabbiata.
Tastes delicious served with goat's cheese, cambozola, and mature Cheddar.