Kleinood (“something small and precious” in Afrikaans) is the name of the 10 ha of vines owned by the De Villiers family. Farmed sustainably and with upmost care for the ecosystem (including addition of bee hives, insect hotels, habitat corridors) as well as a botanical water recycling plant and solar panels for energy mean Kleinood is now completely off grid. Supporting local communities with building and community projects, the Tamboerskloof (named after the suberb from which the family hail) wines are some of the most ethical in our portfolio. A select portion of a single vineyard block farmed sustainably are producing superior Syrah grapes every time. The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah is made from this portion of a single vineyard block on Kleinood.
The grapes are handpicked and hand sorted three times before going into stainless steel fermenters where a combination of state of the art winery technology and old-style winemaking techniques take care of designing this unique, hand crafted wine. Fermented at 26.5 degrees Celsius for 14 days. 15% new-, 35% second- and 50% third fill barrels, for a period of 18 months.
The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah has a medium ruby colour. On the nose plum and wild bramble aromas are followed by charming violets and fynbos with spices and black pepper also prevalent. The entry is youthful with an amazingly generous middle palate with loads of texture and fresh acidity. The follow-through of fruit from nose to palate is excellent. A powerful finish, great oak integration with leather and tobacco notes. A powerfully, elegant wine.