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September 2018

Release of the Double Gold gem: Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2018

Kleinood wine farm, home of acclaimed Tamboerskloof Syrah, will celebrate the official arrival of Spring, on 1 September, with the launch of our award winning Katharien Syrah Rosé 2018. This beautifully radiant “Pink”, that started as a folly, has become a hard to come by wine and 2018, the year of lower yields and smaller berries, made for an even more concentrated and higher quality wine.

The Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2018, awarded Double Gold at Rosé Rocks 2018, is produced in small volumes, underpinned by a dedication to producing a singular wine of the highest quality.  This much loved, refreshingly fruity and beautifully packaged Rosé captures, not only the Kleinood terroir and winemaking philosophy in every bottle, but also offers you the best of summer in every glass.

As on all First Saturdays, we are open for tasting on the farm – one of the best kept secrets in the Boland. For tastings and orders on any other day, please, phone 021 8802527, to make an appointment.

August 2017

New vintage release Tamboerskloof Syrah 2014

This month, Kleinood Wine farm launches the new vintage of its flagship wine, Tamboerskloof Syrah 2014 – a vintage that is synonymous with depth of flavour and fruit intensity. This wine has been tasted and scored 91 points by one of the most well respected international wine critics, Neal Martin of Wine Advocate.

The success of the previous vintages of Tamboerskloof Syrah, has paved a noteworthy path for this wine. Tamboerskloof Syrah 2008 was awarded 93 points, followed by 94 points for the 2012 vintage by eRobertParker.com. The 2011 vintage received a gold medal at the Six Nations Wine Challenge and 93 points by Tim Atkin and the 2010 Syrah vintage received a gold medal at the Syrah du Monde International competition. Tamboerskloof Syrah 2013 vintage scored 92 points by arguably the world’s greatest online wine publication eRobertParker.com.

“Reflecting the growing seasons, there is more fruit intensity compared to the 2013, quite vivacious with redcurrant, strawberry pastilles and just a touch of blackcurrant. The palate has a ripe and generous bouquet, the 15% new oak lending a little smoothness to the texture, good body and presence with a pleasant chewiness on the finish…”, comments Neal Martin on this new release.

Gunter Schultz, viticulturist and oenologist at Kleinood for close to ten years now, explains: “The success of our wine lies in the unique terroir pockets and the practise of farming each block individually and to its best potential. We strive to make a truly honest wine and thus allow the ruling viticultural and climatic conditions during a specific year to play their part in the different aromatic expressions of the wine of that vintage”.

In addition to this philosophy of farming each vineyard parcel individually, to harvest the best possible grapes, proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, designed a cellar specifically aimed at the vinification of individual small parcels that allow for gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices necessary for such a truly handcrafted wine.

So too, the carefully selected natural packaging materials as well as bottling and labeling by hand on the farm, echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with Kleinood.

Each year, the wine profits from the addition of Viognier (2% in 2014) and Mourvèdre (2% in 2014). Only 300 and 500 litre, quality French oak barrels are used and some 16% of the wine matures in new oak barrels. The rest in older barrels. After the wine has undergone barrel maturation for 18 months, the wine is aged further in bottle prior to being released to the market.

The maturing vines at Kleinood are now producing an evermore complex, sophisticated and age worthy expression of Syrah, rendering the Tamboerskloof Syrah 2014 not only an ideal accompaniment to making memories alongside great food and good company, but also makes for an essential part of every wine aficionado’s cellar.

July 2017

New Release: De Boerin EVOO 2017

Nominated “Top 5 Olive Oils in South Africa” at the ABSA Top 5 SA Olive Oil Awards in 2015, Kleinood launches its new vintage this month. This topmost achievement in the olive oil industry in South Africa is supported by five consecutive years of gold medals at the SA Olive awards. With these accolades in tow, the 2017 De Boerin EVOO promises once more to be on par with the excellence in terms of quality and taste.

Kleinood is primarily a wine farm, which has received numerous accolades for its flagship Tamboerskloof Syrah wine. It started its olive oil venture alongside the wines in 2001, when only 2 hectares of olive groves were established on the Kleinood property in Stellenbosch. The cultivars planted are Favolosa, Leccino, Delicata and Coratina and every step in the process is done by hand to produce a total of only around 4000 bottles of olive oil per year.

The quality of extra virgin olive oil is measured in its acidity content (free fatty acids). In South African the standard for Extra Virgin Olive oil is considerably high compared to Europe and other olive growing areas. For an olive oil to be Extra Virgin, the acidity needs to be below 0,8 g/l acidity. The 2016 De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive oil acidity level is as low as 0,26 g/l, indicating its superior quality.

The name of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, de Boerin was derived from the nickname for Annetjie Boom, the wife of Jan van Riebeeck’s gardener Hendrik Boom. She was the first innkeeper and restaurateur in the Cape Colony in 1665 and was fondly called Annetjie de Boerin by the Dutch burghers.

 

Vincent van Gogh created the image that has now become the “de Boerin” of Kleinood. This work, done in chalk on paper in 1885 in Neuen in the Netherlands, now hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Although she is one of many female farmers (de boerin) depicted by Van Gogh, the de Villiers fell in love with the volume of her skirts, her peaceful interaction with the surrounding landscape and the generosity of her overtly feminine body. The sensorial note of the de Boerin extra virgin olive oil is similarly full bodied, yet elegant.

It is the four Tuscan varieties that have been carefully selected to make up the parts of this blended oil. Favolosa (also known as FS17), otherwise known as Dwarf Frantoio, is a prolific variety and makes up the greatest part of the blend with 35%. It is fruity and aromatic, especially compared to the spicy and very robust cultivar Coratina, which constitutes as much as 16% of the blend. Leccino is a delicate and fruity component, with a hint of sweetness and makes up 34% of the blend. Delicata, as the name dictates, is a great blending component to harmonise with the rest of the cultivars and makes up 15% of the oil.

Kleinood’s De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of South Africa’s top quality olive oils, that is made as naturally and honestly as they come and is an unmatched addition to any foodie’s cuisine.

 

 

 

June 2017

New Release: Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2017

This month the acclaimed Stellenbosch Syrah producer, Kleinood farm, launches its new vintage Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2017. The wine is a crisp and elegant expression of Syrah Rosé and has been recognized for its quality by both local and international wine critics.

In 2015 the Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé captured the attention of world wine authority Jancis Robinson, who titled the 2014 vintage “Best-value fine pink from the new world” and featured this wine amongst the top 15 Rosé wines in her international selection.

“Pale orangey pink. Fresh fruit on the nose. Round, even slightly sticky, but with lots of fruit and charm. Round with no rough edges. Not the most complex but very well balanced. And with some depth and length. Drink 2015-2018 “, Jancis Robinson (16,5 /20 points).

The 2015 vintage was released in July and won overall Top Rosé in South Africa in September 2015 at the Rosé Rocks competition into which 160 South Africa Rosé’s were entered and this vintage also scored 92/100 points by MW and wine critic Greg Sherwood MW.

“This pure Syrah beauty is pale salmon pink and has a most seductive perfumed nose of wild forest strawberries, cranberries, rose petals, potpourri, dusty garrigue, dried herbs and fynbos complexity. The palate is sleek, lithe and silky with a light, fine boned feminine texture, gravelly mineral spice and a long elegant finish boasting rose water, tangerine peel, liquid minerals and spicy red bramble berries. Perfectly delicious on its own, but would certainly be killer with some tapas nibbles!”, Greg Sherwood.

The Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2017 is light Salmon coloured with strawberry, tropical fruits, kiwi and papaya and subtle spice notes on the nose, followed by fruit punch flavours on the palate.

“We started making Rosé in 2012. With more and more world class Rosé produced in South Africa, we continue to focus on the use of quality grapes and attention to detail to create balance in the wine. What defines good Rosé for me is charming aroma, firm acidity and a pleasant structure.” Viticulturist and winemaker, Gunter Schultz.

Proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has developed a cellar in which no technological effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product. Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices are vital albeit that the vineyards still take precedence. Carefully selected natural packaging materials echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood.

Named after the de Villiers’s only daughter and youngest child of the family, Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé evokes nostalgia of enchanting summer days and is a “young, blushing and beautiful” accompaniment to most every occasion.

October 2016

Viognier 2016 unleashed

This month the acclaimed Stellenbosch Syrah producer, Kleinood farm, launches its new vintage Tamboerskloof Viognier 2016. The wine is a crisp and fresh expression of Viognier and has been recognised for its quality by both local and international wine critics.

Kleinood’s lauded flagship wine, the Tamboerskloof Syrah, has been awarded various accolades year after year. In 2016 the Tamboerskloof Viognier 2015 moved into the spotlight, when it captured the attention of world wine authority Tim Atkin, who awarded this wine 91/100 points.

“Just like the 2014 did, this Viognier includes 9% co-fermented Roussanne, picked on four different dates for a range of aromas and flavours. Peach and apricot flavours, rather than oak, dominate the palate on this broad, spicy white, complemented by acidity on the finish.“, Tim Atkin (91 /100 points).

The Tamboerskloof Viognier 2016 is a white-gold coloured Viognier with green apple, limes, almond blossom, tropical fruit and frangipani aromas on the nose. The wine has a luscious entry of vanilla blossom, pear and peach pip and citrus flavours on the palate and ends with a smooth finish.

30% of this wine was fermented in fourth and fifth fill French oak 300L barrels and 70% in stainless steel. Thereafter the wine was stirred for a four-week period after  fermentation, forcing the fine lees into suspension, creating this wine’s rich mouth feel.

Proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has developed a cellar in which no technological effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product. Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices are vital albeit that the vineyards still take precedence. Carefully selected natural packaging materials echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood.

The Tamboerskloof Viognier 2016 is quaffable on its own and makes for very suitable accompaniment alongside foods with light to medium spice as well as selected seafood and fowl.

This balanced expression of Viognier from South Africa is a must-have Viognier for wine lovers that like trying new wines and Viognier wine fundies alike and is the perfect accompaniment to any jovial and sophisticated occasion this spring.

 

 

The 2011 vintage has arrived: single vineyard Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2011

This month Kleinood wine farm launches its handcrafted Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2011 – a classic and elegant expression of single vineyard Syrah from Stellenbosch.

Kleinood’s viticultural approach of dividing the farm into small vineyard blocks and working with each one individually has given winemaker and viticulturist, Gunter Schultz the opportunity to create this highly individual wine. Reflecting an honest dedication to the highest quality 100% Syrah grapes.

“2011 was a great vintage. Dark fruit flavours from grapes with perfect ripeness. There is a generous profile of spices along with lovely grainy tannin here. To me, this wine is a reflection of how balanced vineyards can truly express the vintage.”, reflects winemaker Gunter Schultz.

At Kleinood, attention to detail plays a key role in the production of its quality wines; from carefully hand-picked, -sorted and -selected grapes and the use of handcrafted, recycled paper for packaging, to individually wrapped bottles.

The wrapping is an artwork which is created anew each year, and aims to mirror the quintessential spirit of the farm. The painting, used for the packaging of the 2011 vintage was created by Gerard and Libby de Villiers’s daughter, Katharien de Villiers, in May 2016. A small black book on the neck of the bottle defines the wine’s heritage and unique qualities. When purchased in a case of six, the bottles are presented in a branded wooden box.

The Tamboerskloof John Spicer packaging, designed by Libby de Villiers and Runette Louw was awarded a gold medal and nominated “Supreme Champion” at the Harper’s Global Design Award in London in September 2015.

“This just has the wow factor for me. It works on so many levels. It has the mystery, the quirkiness, it is lovely to touch and you want to open it. It is perfect I want to stock it. I have not seen anything like it before. It is so simple. Most brilliant ideas are often simple and this is brilliant,” comments Chief Executive at Hedonism Wines (UK), Tatiana Fokina.

Named after owners Gerard and Libby de Villiers’s son John Spicer de Villiers, only
1596 bottles of Tamboerskloof John Spicer 2011 were produced. In addition to its original packaging, the wine has an ageing potential of ten to fifteen years. This is therefore a must-have limited release collector’s item for any keen wine aficionado.

September 2016

KZN – here we come!

Join our very own Gunter Schultz this week at The Chefs’ Table in KZN for a personalized wine tasting and dining experience. Each dish has been prepared by Chef Kayl-Ann to pair with the wines for tasting on the night.

For more information please click here.

 

Kleinood – an epicurean feast in Cape Town

Join us on the 4th October as we taste and enjoy the Tamboerskloof wines and De Boerin olive oil from the Kleinood stable presented by winemaker and viticulturist Gunter Schultz.

The event will be conducted as a fun and informative four course menu with Tamboerskloof wines at R500 per person on Tuesday 4th October 2016.

Time: 19h00 for 19h30.

Address: 125 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town

RSVP : enquiries@thebutchershop.co.za – Limited to 25 guests.

Please indicate special dietary requirements.

View the poster here.

September 2016

Kleinood releases its new 2016 De Boerin EVOO

Nominated “Top 5 Olive Oils in South Africa” last year at the ABSA Top 5 SA Olive Oil Awards, Kleinood launches its new vintage this month. This topmost achievement in the olive oil industry in South Africa is supported by five consecutive years of gold medals at the SA Olive awards. With these accolades in tow, the 2016 De Boerin extra virgin olive oil promises once more to be on par with the excellence in terms of quality and taste. The De Boerin extra virgin olive oil follows on a gold medal for the fifth year running at the SA Olive Awards Association.

Kleinood is primarily a wine farm, which has received numerous accolades for its flagship Tamboerskloof Syrah wine. It also started its high quality olive oil venture alongside the wines in 2001, when only 2 hectares of olive groves were established on the Kleinood property in Stellenbosch. The cultivars planted are Favolosa, Leccino, Delicata and Coratina and every step in the process is done by hand to produce a total of only around 3000 bottles of olive oil per year.

The quality of extra virgin olive oil is measured in its acidity content (free fatty acids). In South African the standard for Extra Virgin Olive oil is considerably high compared to Europe and other olive growing areas. For an olive oil to be Extra Virgin, the acidity needs to be below 0,8 g/l acidity. The 2016 De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive oil acidity level is as low as 0,3 g/l, indicating its superior quality.

The name of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, de Boerin was derived from the nickname for Annetjie Boom, the wife of Jan van Riebeeck’s gardener Hendrik Boom. She was the first innkeeper and restaurateur in the Cape Colony in 1665 and was fondly called Annetjie de Boerin by the Dutch burghers.

Vincent van Gogh created the image that has now become the “de Boerin” of Kleinood. This work, done in chalk on paper in 1885 in Neuen in the Netherlands, now hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Although she is one of many female farmers (de boerin) depicted by Van Gogh, the de Villiers fell in love with the volume of her skirts, her peaceful interaction with the surrounding landscape and the generosity of her overtly feminine body. The sensorial note of the de Boerin extra virgin olive oil is similarly full bodied, yet elegant.

It is the four Tuscan varieties that have been carefully selected to make up the parts of this blended oil. Favolosa (also known as FS17), otherwise known as Dwarf Frantoio, is a prolific variety and makes up the greatest part of the blend with 72%. It is fruity and aromatic, especially compared to the spicy and very robust cultivar Coratina, which constitutes as much as 8% of the blend. Leccino is a delicate and fruity component, with a hint of sweetness and makes up 16% of the blend. Delicata, as the name dictates, is a great blending component to harmonise with the rest of the cultivars and makes up only 4% of the oil.

Kleinood’s De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of South Africa’s top quality olive oils, that is made as naturally and honestly as they come and is an unmatched addition to any foodie’s cuisine.

August 2016

WIN with Tamboerskloof Syrah

Enter to WIN a 2013 Tamboerskloof Syrah Magnum!

We recently launched our 2013 Tamboerskloof Syrah and would love to hear what you think of our signature wine. So, to enter we’ll need you to do the following:

Like our Facebook-post.
Head over to Twitter, follow @tamboerskloof and post a photo of you with a bottle of 2013 Tamboerskloof Syrah.
Include #TamboerskloofTweeviews in your caption.
Briefly tell us what you thought of the wine.
Remember to tag us in the photo!!
There you have it – we’ve just created the best excuse to enjoy a bottle of wine! Now get entering – we can’t wait to hear thoughts…

Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18.

Terms & Conditions:
Entrants to be 18 years of age or older.
Entrants to be current residents of South Africa.
Competition closes 3o September 2016.
Winner chosen through lucky-draw & announced shortly after.

 

June 2016

Rated Top Rosé of South Africa, Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2016 now released

Kleinood wine estate releases its “Young, Blushing and Beautiful” 2016 vintage Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé this July.

The wine is a fresh and elegant expression of Syrah Rosé and has been recognised for its quality by both local and international wine critics.

Kleinood’s lauded flagship wine, the Tamboerskloof Syrah, has been awarded various accolades year after year. In 2015 the Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé moved into the spotlight, when it captured the attention of world wine authority Jancis Robinson, who titled the 2014 vintage “Best-value fine pink from the new world” and featured this wine amongst the top 15 Rosé wines in her international selection.

“Pale orangey pink. Fresh fruit on the nose. Round, even slightly sticky, but with lots of fruit and charm. Round with no rough edges. Not the most complex but very well balanced. And with some depth and length. Drink 2015-2018 “, Jancis Robinson (16,5 /20 points).

The 2015 vintage was released in July and won overall Top Rosé in South Africa in September 2015 at the Rosé Rocks competition into which 160 South Africa Rosé’s were entered.

The Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2016 is a rose-gold coloured, medium bodied, crisp, dry Rosé with a nose of strawberry, papaya, and citrus and white spice on the palate.

“We started making Rosé in 2012. Today we are seeing more and more world class Rosé produced in South Africa. Rosé is about balance – charming aroma, firm acidity and a pleasant structure. At Kleinood, we capture that, because we understand our vineyards and know when it is the right time to pick and then go on to treat it with care and respect in the winery.” Viticulturist and winemaker, Gunter Schultz.

Proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has developed a cellar in which no technological effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product. Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices are vital albeit that the vineyards still take precedence. Carefully selected natural packaging materials echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood.

Named after the de Villiers’s only daughter and youngest child of the family, Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé evokes nostalgia of enchanting summer days and is a “young, blushing and beautiful” accompaniment to most every occasion.

June 2016

New vintage Tamboerskloof Syrah 2013 rated (92-94) points pre-release

June month saw the release of our Tamboerskloof Syrah 2013, a vintage that is synonymous with both lusciousness and elegance. This wine has been tasted and scored (92-94) points pre-release by one of the most well respected international wine critics, Neal Martin of Wine Advocate.

The success of the previous vintages of Tamboerskloof Syrah, has paved a highly acclaimed path for this wine, which is crowned by yet another accolade for this new release. Tamboerskloof Syrah 2008 was awarded 93 points, followed by 94 points for 2012 by eRobertParker.com. The 2011 vintage received a gold medal at the Six Nations Wine Challenge and 93 points by Tim Atkin and the 2010 Syrah vintage received a gold medal at the Syrah du Monde International competition.
The 2013 vintage was tasted at the vineyard in February 2016 by Neal Martin and was rated (92- 94) points by arguably the world’s greatest online wine publication eRobertParker.com.

“It’s going to be a fascinating wine to taste once in bottle. It’s a broody, introspective but fascinating Syrah with black olive and clove on the nose, almost animally. The palate is masculine and tannic, rough hewn and square-joined, but still very attractive. This is more Cornas than Côte-Rôtie, grippy and compelling.”, comments Neal Martin.

Gunter Schultz, viticulturist and oenologist at Kleinood for close to ten years now, explains: “The success of the wine lies in the very unique terroir pockets and the practise of farming each block individually and to its best potential. We strive to make a truly honest wine. The effect of the vintage then plays a role in the different aromatic expressions of the wine each year.”

In addition to this philosophy of farming each vineyard parcel individually, to harvest the best possible grapes, proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has designed a cellar in which small parcels can be vinified separately, and no effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product.

Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices and carefully selected natural packaging materials, echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with Kleinood.

Each year, the wine profits from the addition of Viognier (1% in 2013) and Mourvèdre (4% in 2013). Only 300 and 500 litres, quality French oak barrels are used and some 18% of the wine matures in new oak barrels. The rest in older barrels. After the wine undergone barrel maturation for 20 months, the wine is aged further in bottle prior to being released to the market.

Fifteen years down the line, the maturing vines are now producing an evermore complex and sophisticated expression of the unique Kleinood terroir with an ageing potential of ten years plus.

May 2016

Wine Tasting – Upper Blaauklippen Vintners

Join the three boutique wine farms KLEINOOD, KEERMONT, DE TRAFFORD

in the magical UPPER-BLAAUWKLIPPEN VALLEY STELLENBOSCH on Saturday, the 4th June.

Click here to find out more.

March 2016

Kleinood at Prowein

We are exhibiting at Prowein again this year and look forward to meeting up with all of our friends and importers. For stand information and to see which wines we will be pouring, click here.

December 2015

94-pointer 2012, Tamboerskloof Syrah released…

Kleinood wine farm launches its handcrafted Tamboerskloof Syrah 2012 this month along with the Wine Advocate rating by Neal Martin of 94 points – a vintage that is synonymous with both finesse and elegance.

Kleinood’s lauded flagship wine Tamboerskloof Syrah has been crowned with a number of accolades over the past years. Following 93 points for Syrah 2008 (by eRobertParker.com) and 93 points for the 2011 vintage (by Tim Atkin), vintage 2010 received a gold medal at the Syrah du Monde International competition and 2011 received a gold medal at the Six Nations Wine Challenge. The newly released vintage 2012 has already invoked the praise and approval of arguably the world’s greatest online wine publication eRobertParker.com, scoring 94/100 points for this vintage.

“The nose errs towards the red fruit spectrum whereas the 2011 is more black. There is wonderful purity here with red cherries, red plum and a dab of boot polish. The palate is medium-bodied with super-fine tannin. There is killer purity here, a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a poised, saline finish. This is a benchmark Syrah for Kleinood – a quite brilliant wine.”, comments acclaimed Wine Advocate taster, Neal Martin.

Gunter Schultz has been viticulturist and oenologist at the Kleinood property for close to ten years now. He explains that it is, “Because of the very unique terroir pockets and farming each block individually and to its best expression, we strive to make a truly honest wine that is at the same time complex, sophisticated and elegant.”

In addition to this philosophy of farming each vineyard parcel individually, to harvest the best possible grapes, proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has developed a cellar in which no technological effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product.

Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices and carefully selected natural packaging materials, developed by Libby de Villiers, echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood.

The wine profits from a drop of Viognier and in this vintage we have added 3 % Mourvèdre and 2% co-fermented Viognier. Only 300 and 500 litres quality French oak barrels are used and only one in six are new oak. After the wine has stayed in barrel for 20 months, the maker allows the wine to age in bottle for a further two years prior to being released to the market.

Available commercially for its tenth year now, this elegant and complex, yet honest expression of Syrah from Stellenbosch has an ageing potential of ten years plus.

October 2015

Must-have limited release collector’s item…

This month Kleinood wine estate launches its handcrafted Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2010, a classic and elegant expression of single vineyard Syrah from Stellenbosch.

Kleinood’s viticultural approach of dividing the farm into small vineyard blocks and working with each one individually has given winemaker and viticulturist, Gunter Schultz the opportunity to create this highly individual wine. Reflecting an honest dedication to the highest quality 100% Syrah grapes, this is the vineyard’s second release of Tamboerskloof John Spicer. The 2010 vintage is rich in elegant tannins and deep aromas.

“2010 was not an easy vintage at Kleinood. We lost up to 70% of our crop to a devastating windstorm in October 2009. For us, 2010 became the vintage of concentration and purity of fruit and was the year we brought home a gold medal at the Syrah du Monde. It is a true reflection of how a balanced vineyard such as this one can be a true expression of a vintage,” reflects winemaker Gunter Schultz.

At Kleinood, attention to detail plays a key role in the production of its quality wines; from carefully hand-picked, -sorted and -selected grapes and the use of handcrafted, recycled paper for packaging, to individually wrapped bottles. Although the packaging stays the same, a new artist is commissioned each year to create an artwork for the wrapping that mirrors quintessential spirit of the wine.

The painting, used for the packaging of the 2010 vintage was created by well-known South African artist, Jill Trappler, in May 2015. A small black book on the neck of the bottle defines the wine’s heritage and unique qualities. When purchased in a case of six, the bottles are presented in a branded wooden box.

The Tamboerskloof John Spicer packaging, designed by Libby de Villiers and Runette Louw was awarded a gold medal and nominated “Supreme Champion” at the Harper’s Global Design Award in London in September 2015.

“This just has the wow factor for me. It works on so many levels. It has the mystery, the quirkiness, it is lovely to touch and you want to open it. It is perfect I want to stock it. I have not seen anything like it before. It is so simple. Most brilliant ideas are often simple and this is brilliant,” comments Chief Executive at Hedonism Wines (UK), Tatiana Fokina.

Named after owners Gerard and Libby de Villiers’s son John Spicer de Villiers, only 2025 bottles of Tamboerskloof John Spicer 2010 were produced. In addition to its original packaging, the wine has an ageing potential of ten to fifteen years. This is therefore a must-have limited release collector’s item for any keen wine aficionado.

July 2015

“Young, Blushing and Beautiful”

We welcome our “Young, Blushing and Beautiful” 2015 vintage Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé

Hot on the heels of the success of the previous vintage, this month Kleinood wine estate launches its handcrafted Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015. The wine is a fresh and elegant expression of Rosé from the property’s Stellenbosch Syrah vineyards.

Kleinood’s lauded flagship wine, the Tamboerskloof Syrah, has been crowned year after year with various accolades, but most recently its Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé has captured the attention of world wine authority Jancis Robinson.
The wine was selected to form part of a tasting line-up in the UK, at which some of the world’s most renowned Rosé featured. Tamboerskloof was selected as one of Robinson’s best-value fine wine pinks and featured amongst the top 15 Rosé wines in this international selection.
“Pale orangey pink. Fresh fruit on the nose. Round, even slightly sticky, but with lots of fruit and charm. Round with no rough edges. Not the most complex but very well balanced. And with some depth and length. 13% Drink 2015-2018 “, Jancis Robinson (16,5 /20 points).

Viticulturist and winemaker, Gunter Schultz, who has worked at the Kleinood property for nine years now: “We started making Rosé in 2012. Today we are seeing more and more world class Rosé produced in South Africa. Rosé is about balance and making a wine that is delicious on it own, but also has enough strength to stand up against various food dishes. A wine that has charming aroma, firm acidity and a pleasant structure. At Kleinood, we capture that, as we have managed to understand our vineyards and know when it is the right time to pick.”

Proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has developed a cellar in which no technological effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product. Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices are vital albeit that the vineyards still take precedence. Carefully selected natural packaging materials, developed by Libby de Villiers, echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood.

Named after the de Villiers’s only daughter and youngest child of the family, Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé evokes nostalgia of enchanting summer days and is a “young, blushing and beautiful” accompaniment to most every occasion.

June 2015

Barrels and barrels…

We always knew our winemaker, Gunter Schultz, likes a good French Oak barrel – until we saw this!
Yes, Gunter’s interest in round, liquid containers of any nature extends well beyond the winery as this photo by MorboPhoto only goes to show. When not making wine or spending time with the family he’s cruising the Boland’s many beaches (some known, some unknown), scouting for and scoring amazing waves like this one – and with great success! He has in fact won the annual Vintners Surf Classic (national surf competition) for eleven years. The competition has been running for thirteen years and the two times Mr Schultz did not win, he was out of the country…

This shot got him a spot in the April/May 2015 edition of ZIGZAG, South Africa’s premium surf magazine, Mr Schultz features on a page 15 on a Reef Wetsuits advertisement.  Click here to view the image and here to see even more recent photos of Gunter.

 

 

April 2015

Calling on all ‘syriaas’ Syrah lovers to “Celebrate ten years of Tamboerskloof Wines” in Cape Town

To celebrate ten years of commercially available Tamboerskloof wines made by Kleinood wine estate, the estate has put together an exclusive tasting experience near you on Wednesday, the 13th May 2015. The tasting is open to the public, but limited to only 25 seats.

Hosted by winemaker and viticulturist Gunter Schultz and Sales and Marketing Manager and qualified Oenologist Jessica Saurwein, the tasting will be semi-formal and fun, accompanied by Asian canapés created by Kyoto Garden Sushi.

Attendees will taste through some prized vintage Syrah and Viognier and discover more about the drinking pleasure of these cultivars. R 150 secures your seat at this exclusive and personalized tasting opportunity. The tasting starts at 17h45 for 18h00 sharp and finishes at 19h30, with an option to stay at the restaurant for dinner thereafter.

(Bookings for dinner need to made directly with the venue on T: 021 4222001)

In order to avoid disappointment, book your seats now by writing to this email address or contact us on 021 880 2527.

 

 

 

 

February 2015

Meet our 2011 Tamboerskloof Syrah

Kleinood wine farm launches its handcrafted Tamboerskloof Syrah 2011 this month. One of the finest vintages yet, the wine continues to be an honest and elegant expression of Syrah from some of Stellenbosch’s best vineyard sites.

Kleinood’s lauded flagship wine Tamboerskloof Syrah has been crowned with a number of accolades. Following 93 points for Syrah 2008 (by eRobertParker.com) and 91 points for the 2009 vintage (by Stephen Tanzer), vintage 2010 received a gold medal at the Syrah du Monde International competition. The newly released vintage 2011 has already invoked the praise and approval of world wine authority Jancis Robinson, who noted the following on the wine after her recent visit to the estate in January 2015:

“Very fine and rich. Mouth-filling and mouth-watering. Spicy finish and just not drying on the finish. Lots of energy. Drier year than 2010 but it doesn’t taste it. Really quite mellow. “- Jancis Robinson (16,5 /20 points).

Gunter Schultz has been viticulturist and oenologist at the Kleinood property for close to nine years now. He explains that it is, “Because of the very unique terroir pockets and farming each block individually and to its best expression, one can strive to make a truly honest wine that is at the same time complex, sophisticated and elegant.”

In addition to this philosophy of farming each vineyard parcel individually to harvest the best possible grapes, proprietor and renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, has developed a cellar in which no technological effort is spared, for the benefit of the end product.

Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices and carefully selected natural packaging materials, developed by Libby de Villiers, echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood.

The wine profits from a drop of Viognier and in this vintage we have added 5% Mourvèdre and 2% co-fermented Viognier. The casks used are 300 and 500 litres with 17% new oak for 20 months.
Only best quality French oak barrels are used at Kleinood. It is part of the Kleinood philosophy to allow the wine to age in bottle for a further two years prior to being released to the market.

Available commercially for its tenth year now, this elegant and complex, yet uncomplicated expression of Syrah from Stellenbosch has an ageing potential of ten years plus.

 

February 2015

“Celebrating ten years of Tamboerskloof Wines” in Johannesburg

Kleinood Farm calling on all ‘syriaas’ Syrah lovers to join us in “Celebrating ten years of Tamboerskloof Wines” in Johannesburg

To celebrate our ten years of commercially available Tamboerskloof wines made by Kleinood wine estate, we have put together an exclusive tasting experience in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the 18th February 2015. The tasting is open to the public, but limited to only 20 seats.

Hosted by Sales and Marketing Manager and qualified Oenologist Jessica Saurwein, the tasting will be semi-formal and fun, accompanied by paired canapés provided by the venue The Room @ 44 Stanley (il Giardino).

Attendees of this tasting will taste through some of our prized vintage Syrah and Viognier and discover more about the drinking pleasure of these cultivars. R 170.00 will reserve you a seat at this exclusive tasting opportunity that starts at 18:30 sharp and finishes at 20:00 o’clock.
In order to avoid disappointment, please book your seats now by writing to this email address or call us on 021 880 2527.

We look forward to sharing this evening with you,

Kind Regards
The Kleinood Team

October 2014

The introduction of a single vineyard Syrah

Kleinood wine farm presents its handcrafted single vineyard wine Tamboerskloof John Spicer this October, a sumptuous expression of rich tradition and heritage.

In a league of its own, this vineyard produces singular character traits rarely found in Syrahs today. Reflecting an honest dedication to the highest quality 100% Syrah grapes, this 2009 vintage Tamboerskloof John Spicer is rich in elegant tannins and deep aromas.

Kleinood’s viticultural approach of dividing the farm into small vineyard blocks and working with each one separately, has given winemaker and viticulturist Gunter Schultz and owner renowned cellar engineer, Gerard de Villiers, the opportunity to create this highly individual wine.

“I created the John Spicer Syrah 2009 purely on the outstanding and unique character of the wine produced by this vineyard year after year. I wished to keep it separate as the ultimate expression of our terroir, supporting the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard.” explains winemaker Gunter Shultz.

Handcrafted in every sense, the gentle, minimal intervention cellar practices and carefully selected natural packaging materials echo the craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with the philosophy of Kleinood. Each bottle is labeled by hand and wrapped in a print of a painting created on the farm by acclaimed South African artist, Beezy Bailey in May 2014.

Each vintage will be wrapped in a new, different painting accompanied by a small black book on the neck of the bottle, describing the wine’s heritage and unique qualities. When purchased in a case of six, the bottles are packaged in a branded wooden box.

Released alongside this unique precious nectar is the new vintage of Kleinood’s lauded flagship wine, Tamboerskloof Syrah. Following the 93 point-rated (by eRobertParker) 2008 vintage, the 91 point-rated (by Stephen Tanzer) 2009 vintage, the new 2010 vintage recently achieved a gold medal at the French Syrah du Monde International competition and a silver medal at the IWSC in 2014.

Named after owners Gerard and Libby de Villiers’s son John Spicer de Villiers, only 1 704 bottles of Tamboerskloof John Spicer 2009 were produced. In addition to its original packaging, the wine has an ageing potential of fifteen years plus, yielding a must-have limited release collector’s item.

 

 

August 2013

Awards for and new releases from Kleinood

Exactly one year after the maiden release of the Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé, Kleinood is delighted to announce the achievement of receiving a silver medal for the best designed Rosé at the Harpers Design Awards 2013. There were only two medals awarded in total for this category and given that the other was a bronze, this puts the Tamboerskloof Katharien as the overall best performer in this category.

This beautiful copper to salmon pink, bright-eyed and bushy tailed Syrah Rosé is adorned with the distinctive, yet characteristically understated, hand crafted, printed, torn and individually pasted Kleinood Tamboerskloof label. Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé was named after the only daughter of the family. The name,Katharien, appears on the front label instead of the vintage. The image of a girl playing the clarinet on the neck tag is that of a sculpture made of her by her maternal grandmother.

“The Tamboerskloof Katharien design was rewarded for what was a simple, but expertly executed label. Clean, clear and just very inviting”, said the judges.

The Tamboerskloof wine labels were designed in such a way as to honestly portray the Kleinood philosophy in every respect. The front label bears the name and vintage of the wine. The back label states its provenance. The sole insignia depicts a sheep bearing a flag, derived from the de Villiers family crest. The only differences in the design of the three wines lie in the colour of the lettering, the closures on the bottles and the tag around the neck of the Rosé.

Notes of mixed berry on the palate generously support the strawberry and fruit salad aromas on the nose of the recently releasedTamboerskloof Katharien Rosé 2013. It pairs well with fresh summer salads, salmon, prawns or chicken, soft cheese and sushi.

Kleinood, home to Tamboerskloof wines and de Boerin Olive Oil, have also released the new vintages of the already established and highly acclaimed Tamboerskloof Syrah 2009, Tamboerskloof Viognier 2013 as well as their award-winning de Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

The classic Rhône style Tamboerskloof Syrah 2008 was awarded 93 points by the Wine Advocate, 4½ stars by John Platter and a Silver Medal from the International Wine and Spirits Competition. The ruby colouredTamboerskloof Syrah 2009 is well balanced and elegant. The complex and inviting nose of black currant, fruit and violets supported by white pepper, fynbos and spicy flavours is confirmed by a well-balanced palate, firm tannins and a lingering peppery aftertaste.

All the much-lauded qualities of the Tamboerskloof Viognier of earlier vintages, receiving 4½ stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide, are present in the Tamboerskloof Viognier 2013. It is a beautiful, white-gold coloured Viognier with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. The melon, papaya, citrus blossom, mango and pollen flavours on the nose are well supported by apricot, ripe peach and citrus on the palate.

The Kleinood Tamboerskloof Wines are available from the winery and specialist wine shops.

Kleinood de Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been awarded Gold for the fourth year running at the SA Olive Awards.Added to the new release trio of wines is the de Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2013 De Boerin is a full-bodied and elegant, but mild to intense oil with a nose of green olives and mown hay. The dominating taste is strong and grassy with hints of artichoke, sorrel, green tomatoes and an enjoyable peppery aftertaste.

De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available from the winery and specialist delicatessen shops.

For more information visit www.kleinood.com or contact the farm directly on 021 880 2527.

March 2013

Wine Advocate rates Tamboerskloof Syrah 2008

The newly released Tamboerskloof Syrah received 93 points in the latest ratings of South African wines by taster Neal Martin. Martin samples the South African segment of wines for the internationally renowned wine critic and writer, Robert Parker…

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February 2013

A Wine for every occasion

What could be more romantic than the sensual pink blush of rose wine during Valentines Day Month?

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January 2013

Blends find new way to please the palate

White blends have come of age in the Cape. They give winemakers the freedom to experiment with a mix of components.

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November 2012

Top 10 South African winemakers to watch

Striving to make honest, complex and elegant wines, Schultz cultivates, harvests, crushes, ferments and matures grapes from half-hectare units seperately…

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June 2012

Schultz siblings score with Syrah!

THESE WINES ARE MADE WITH BROTHERLY LOVE, writes Neil Pendock | JUNE 2010

Gunter Schultz, winemaker at Kleinood in the fames Golden Triangle of Stellenbosch, became a father for the second time at the end of May when son Joel was born on the day before VinExpo Asia opened in Hong Kong.

September 2011

Another double gold for de Boerin!

The Kleinood 2011 de Boerin olive oil won double gold at the South African Olive’s 2011 Olive Awards. Of the 68 entries, Kleinood’s extra virgin olive oil was one of only six oils awarded double gold. What makes the achievement so special is that it’s the second year in a row that Kleinood de Boerin olive oil has received double gold.

The de Boerin extra virgin olive oil is bottled on Kleinood in 500ml and is available from the farm and selected outlets.

May 2011

Kleinood, Stellenbosch, Zuid-Afrika

Onder de vakkundige leiding van vinologe Elizma Myburgh van R99 maakten we een heerlijke wijnavond mee in het Brusselse restaurant La Manufacture, een perfecte omgeving voor dit evenement. Speciale gast was Gerard de Villiers, eigenaar van het Zuid-Afrikaanse wijnhuis Kleinood vlak bij Stellenbosch. Gerard, die eigenlijk ingenieur is en betrokken bij de bouw of verbouwing van tenminste honderdvijftig wijnhuizen en kelders, heeft zo een stevige stempel gedrukt op de wijnbouw van Zuid-Afrika.

February 2011

2011 Wine Shows & Festivals

Kleinood will be participating at the following Wine Shows & Festivals in 2011

  • Wine Affair, V&A Waterfront – 3 to 6 May 2011
  • Wade Bales Wine Festival, Montecasino Piazza – 12 to 13 May 2011
  • Wade Bales Wine Festival, The Oval, Newlands – 19 May 2011
  • Wade Bales Wine Festival, Pezula Estate, Knysna – 4 to 5 July 2011
  • Caroline’s Red Wine Review, The Westin Grand, Cape Town – 26 July 2011
  • Shiraz Showcase, Cape Town – 20 September 2011
  • Julliet Cullinan show, Johannesburg – 20 to 22 September 2011
  • Stellenbosch at Summer Place, Johannesburg – 8 to 9 November 2011
  • Food, Wine & Design Fair, Johannesburg – 24 – 27 November 2011

September 2010

Double Gold for de Boerin

The South African Olive Association presented Kleinood’s De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a Double Gold award at the 2010 award ceremony. Forty-three oils were judged of which nineteen were presented with Gold and three with Double Gold rewards. It was the first time in the history of the competition that Double Gold awards were presented.

June 2010

South African Gems

VINOGRAPHY- A WINE BLOG | JUNE 2010

Light greenish gold in the glass, this wine smells of unripe peaches, orange peel, and wet stones. In the mouth it is bright and zingy with great acidity and nice flavors of unripe peach, mandarin oranges, and lemon zest that linger through a long clean finish. The wine lacks the characteristic thick unctuousness of Viognier, which is one of the reasons I like it.

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April 2010

The secret of the Terroir

G&W, The Lifetsyle Magazine | April/June 2010

After more than two decades spent in advising the South African wine community, Gerard De Villiers has started Kleinood, his own wine farm at last. As all true perfectionists do, he is now pondering how he can make things even better.

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March 2010

What We Drank

New York Cork Report | March 2010

Fortunately, the wine didn’t disappoint. The nose is quite subtle at first showing just a little meaty brett action (I’m realizing I’m going to have to review a brett-free wine next time to avoid perpetuating a stereotype!), cherry and baked plum, and some nice floral hibiscus despite an earthy kalamata olive thing happening. Bright cherry/raspberry flavors on the midpalate gave it a down-to-earth, controlled finish.

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Designer Labels

Wine Magazine | March 2010

The whole thing has been crafted to look accidental. It’s a nod from the past, and I bet it stands out on the shelf next to all the frilliness. It reminds me a bit of Muji, the brandless brand.

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February 2010

Modern Wineries, By Craig Fraser & Hugh Fraser

Kleinood is included is proud to be included in a compelling book which presents an insight into a fascinating array of wineries, focusing primarily on their innovative architectural approach and photographed in the context of the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Winelands of the Western Cape of South Africa.

For more about this book and where you can buy it visit www.quivertreepublications.com

December 2009

Nature’s Gate

Elle Décor | December 2009

Close your eyes and imagine your dream garden… A fruit orchard that doubles as an enclosure for a brood of chickens. A colourful rose garden where layer upon layer of old-fashioned fragrances subtly perfume the air. A vegetable patch yielding everything from tomatoes, limes and aubergines to herbs and blossoming zucchini – all protected from pests by a voracious resident duck. And all this earthy abundance based on a philosophy of recycling, composting and excluding harmful pesticides and poisons.

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December 2008

De Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil Released

Kleinood is proud to announce the release of de Boerin extra virgin olive oil – an oil with a strength and generosity that reflects the goodness of our soil and the sun, and the great care that goes into its making.

This full-bodied, elegant and gusty oil is a blend of four carefully selected Italian varieties – Favolosa (44%), Leccino (24 %), Delicata (24 %) and Coratina (8 %). The hand picked, cold pressed, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil originates from Kleinood is available in 0.50l e bottles (500 ml).

Tasting notes: a nose of green olives and mown hay; ample full and silky in the mouth; strong and grassy with hints of artichoke and a peppery aftertaste. 
Excellent with crostini, fresh summer salads, vegetables and poultry.