Zalze Chenin Blanc, a white wine from South Africa, and Casillero del Diablo, cabernet sauvignon, a red wine from Chile, are now both being served at your local.
Zalze Chenin Blanc
Zalze wines are rooted firmly in the tradition of wine-making excellence which has been followed at the family-owned Kleine Zalze estate for decades.
This tradition is symbolised on the label through the image of the tree – it has been overlooking the vineyards for many years.
With its various slopes and soil types, Kleine Zalze’s vineyards provide each grape variety with the best-possible and most-suitable growing conditions.
The century-old gem of the Kleine Zalze estate lies in the heart of the picturesque Stellenbosch Winelands, bordering the provincial town of Stellenbosch, affectionately known as ‘Little Europe’.
The Chenin blanc is upfront citrusy, with a slight tropical hint on the nose, plus citrus fruits, particularly lime, and green/yellow apple aromas which follow through on the palate.
This wine is an excellent example of a balance between fresh and fruity and rich and ripe tropical aromas of bushvine Chenin blanc grapes, with a clean, crisp aftertaste. It is great on its own or with salads and fish.
Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
With almost 20 years’ experience at the helm of Casillero del Diablo and an impeccable track record at Viña Concha, winemaker Marcelo Papa tends to even the smallest details in every one of the wines.
He said: “With Casillero del Diablo, we draw on the best of each of Chile’s wine valleys to create our different varieties and ensure that they are honestly and attractively expressed.”
Marcio Ramírez has worked at Viña Concha y Toro since 1997 and is now part of the Casillero del Diablo oenology (the science and study of a number of aspects of wine and wine-making) team.
He said: “Casillero del Diablo is a great representative of the Chilean wine industry and has delivered quality and consistency from its beginnings.”
The Casillero del Diablo cabernet sauvignon is a deep, intense ruby-red wine. It is medium bodied, with silky tannins, a long, ripe fruit and berry aftertaste and an impressive balance of fruit and polished tannins.
The aroma has pronounced and captivating notes of cherry, blackcurrant and black plum, along with a subtle touch of vanilla – from ageing in oak barrels. It is great with red meats and well-seasoned dishes, as well as cheese.
Why not try a glass with your next Wetherspoon meal?