Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 best white at Mondial, Italy

Mondial - CMB-2009-Concours_Mondial_medaille (cropped)ONE OF THE things that differentiates the international wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is that also its held in a different country every year. Although the organisers are based in Brussels, Belgium, the 22nd edition of the event was held in Jesolo, Italy – Jesolo being a beach resort near Venice. And among the most remarkable outcomes of Mondial 2015 was the achievement of South Africa’s Kleine Zalze’s flagship Chenin as the top-scoring white wine overall.

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 - KZ FR Chenin Blanc 2013 (smaller)The four Grande Gold medal winners from the Cape winelands at Mondial this year were all from cellars in Stellenbosch:

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
Savanha Naledi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Spier, Export Only)

The Gold medal winners were as follows:

Alvi’s Drift ADS Chenin Blanc 2014
Asara Avalon 2011 (Cape Blend)
Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve 2012
Boschendal Pavillion Chenin Blanc 2014
Boschendal Rachel’s Chenin Blanc 2014
Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cloof Duckitt 2012 (Red Blend)
Clos Malverne Spirit of Malverne 2012 (Red Blend)
Deux Frères Liberté 2012
Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Bergkelder)
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2014
KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2011 (Red Blend)
Plaisir de Merle - Cabernet Sauvignon (smaller, cropped)Laborie Jean Taillefert 2013 (Shiraz)
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2014
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2012 (Red Blend)
Linton Park Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Roodeberg 2013 (Red Blend, KWV)
Rustenberg Unwooded Chardonnay 2014
Saronsberg Brut 2011 (MCC)
Saronsberg Shiraz 2012
Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2013
Spier Creative Block 5 2012 (Red Blend)
Umbala Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Mare Magnum)

For more info about the event contested by producers from 45 countries who submitted over 8000 wines to the team of 300 tasters, click here. For the prices of the Grande Gold, Gold and Silver medallists, click here.