Durbanville, South Africa, April 2024: Winemakers from South Africa’s premier cool-climate winemaking region of Durbanville will unveil the latest vintage of its collaborative Sauvignon Blanc within days – and it’s a keeper! As with its previous two iterations, the 2024 Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc pooled the champion talents of the region’s renowned wine growers and winemakers. As such, it has become a South African super Sauvignon Blanc with the 2024 release raising the bar yet again.

Kleine Zalze Wines’ quest for complexity and depth in Sauvignon Blanc through maturation in barrel and amphora, along with grapes from selected cool-climate sites, saw Kleine Zalze land a coveted top 10 spot in this year’s annual FNB Sauvignon BlancSA Top 10. This year Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2022 was awarded a Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 award in the leading competition for Cape Sauvignon Blanc which attracted 169 from wineries committed to South Africa’s leading single cultivar white wine grape.

Durbanville Hills has been awarded two gold medals at the prestigious Concours Mondial du Sauvignon competition for its Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2022 and Tangram White 2020.

The competition is the largest and most significant international wine competition dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc. This year, fifty international judges reviewed the 1210 Sauvignon Blanc entries received from 20 different countries across the globe.

Kleine Zalze Shines at Veritas with Four Double Gold Medals and Best Achiever Award

 Stellenbosch wine estate Kleine Zalze reaffirmed its status as one of South Africa’s most awarded wineries on being announced as Best Achiever at this year’s Veritas Awards - the country’s leading wine competition – for producers entering more than 10 wines into the show. At this year’s Veritas Awards ceremony held at the historic Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl, Kleine Zalze garnered four Double Gold medals and three Gold gongs on its route to the Best Achiever title.

The inaugural vintage of a milestone Sauvignon blanc wine has been released by the 13 wineries of the Durbanville Wine Valley that supplied the wine for its making. While collaborations of this scale are rare, it is the region’s reputation for pioneering and award-winning Sauvignon blanc that makes this an outstanding contribution to the pantheon of South African wine. The cool, two ocean-influenced climate of the Durbanville Wine Valley is ideal for the slow and flavourful development of wine grapes, particularly Sauvignon blanc. It is for this reason that Durbanville is one of oldest and most favoured wine regions at the Cape, consistently taking top international honours for Sauvignon blanc in particular.