Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

June Wine Reviews


2012 Zalze Chenin Blanc Reserve, Coastal Region

£9.99, 13.5%, Sainsbury's

Kleine Zalze deserves to be more famous than it is in South Africa. It consistently turns out a very good range of commercial wines, as well as smaller quantities of top end stuff. This belongs in the latter category and it's a great example of ripe, tropically fruity Cape Chenin. Pineapple and melon notes are balanced by the refreshing acidity that's the variety's calling card and rounded out by subtle oak fermentation.