Kleine Zalze is to mark its 20th anniversary this year with investment in a vineyard analysis programme as well as new wine launches.

The Stellenbosch-based producer has significant distribution in the UK off-trade and on-trade. For its wine ranges such as Kleine Zalze, Zalze and Cleefs. 

Kleine Zalze has now started a study of its vineyards using state-of-the-art solar radiation and soil analysis to maximise the potential of the terroir. Cellar master Alastair Rimmer, whose career includes making wine for leading producers in New Zealand, California and Spain, predicts this will result in significant new opportunities for traditional and new varietal development.

One new varietal being launched this month is Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cinsault, which is grown in a vineyard with granite derived soils. Kleine Zalze’s flagship varietals – Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon – will also benefit from the study, with additional Cabernet Sauvignon plantings already planned for sites identified as having the best thermal scores.

Owner Kobus Basson said: “At Kleine Zalze I have always encouraged a very strong team ethic and the nurturing of our vineyards, our cellar and our people. In our first 20 years we have established strong sales in more than 20 international markets and have received some of the most sought-after awards and accolades for our wines around the world. 

“Now it’s time to look ahead as we take the next steps towards maximising our potential. A lot has changed in 20 years in South Africa and there are even more changes to come. At Kleine Zalze we will remain at the forefront of those changes. We have an excellent team with fantastic experience and energy and we are all looking forward to the next 20 years and beyond.”