75 of 800 – Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch

Wine farm 75 of 800 is the lovely Kleine Zalze in the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. It’s just across the road from the popular Blaauwklippen Market and is a one stop destination with 4-star accommodation at De Zalze Lodge , an acclaimed restaurant (Terrior) and a Golf Course.

BOOKINGS: I always recommend bookings, you can contact them through the Kleine Zalze website.
WINE TASTING: Choose from 5 wines and there are even small cheese platters available for R75.
WHEN TO GO:  Adaptable for summer or winter but definitely better in the Summer so you can sit outside and enjoy sitting under the trees.
SERVICE: Friendly and informative.
RESTAURANT: Yes. Terroir restaurant. 
ACCOMMODATION: Yes. De Zalze Lodge. B&B and self catering units.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? No
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 6 people.
LOCATION: About a 30 minute drive from Cape Town in Stellenbosch. Kleine Zalze Wine Farm Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Kleine Zalze Trip Advisor Review Page.

Here’s my experience:

The wine farm is on an estate so you will have to sign in to enter.

You will drive for a few minutes down a winding road and then arrive at the cellar door. The gardens are quite pretty.

The outside area has plenty of outdoor seating under the trees. Definitely a more relaxed wine farm.

The inside tasting room is a bit outdated and small however very welcoming and intimate.

 

 

The service is very friendly and informative. It’s totally relaxed and the servings were really good.

 

I started off with the Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé. It’s 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir which has spent 18 months on the lees in the bottle. A lovely, fresh MCC that is totally cherry and berry with delicate bubbles.

I really enjoyed this blend! The blend consists of 80% Shiraz from Stellenbosch and Paarl, 15 % Mourvédre from Darling and 5% Viognier from Falsebay, Stellenbosch. It spent 14 months in older french oak barrels before being blended.

Enjoy wild berries and a hint of pepper on the nose which follow through on the palate. Not too heavy with a round mouth, somewhat fruity aftertaste.

 

The surrounds are really quite rustic and full of nature. Big oak trees filled with birds tweeting and squirrels rummaging around for nuts.

 

Afterwards, I had the privilege of enjoying a one night stay at De Zalze Lodge in Stellenbosch.

 

Check in was really friendly and easy. It’s 4-star plus all the rooms are given wine variety names – LOVE!

The lodge itself was quite spacious with a living area (DSTV and fireplace), fully equipped kitchenette and dining area.

The bedroom had a king size bed and on-suite bathroom which not only had climate control but underfloor heating too! Shampoos and soaps were supplied plus amazingly fluffy gowns – this was a much needed pampering extra that was warmly welcomed.

The lodge supplies you with a free wine tasting at Kleine Zalze – so you should definitely check in early to make use of this freebie.

 

 

 

 

Your stay will include breakfast – it includes a full buffet breakfast from muffins and fruits to boerewors and eggs. Hmmmm – delicious.

To inquire about your stay at De Zalze Lodge…

Tel: +27 (0) 21 880 0740 | E: reservations@dezalzelodge.co.za

 

 

I had a great time over this weekend in the Stellenbosch wine routes and you will too!

 

 

So which farm will be next?

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