Design

The labels were designed in such a way as to be unpretentious and stripped of any unnecessary information and frills. They had to portray the Kleinood philosophy in every respect. As with the wine, we wanted the value to be in the craftsmanship and personal involvement. The distinctive, yet characteristically understated labels are therefore, hand printed on hand made paper, which is, then hand torn and pasted onto each individual bottle by hand. The front label bears only 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 official de Villiers family crest. The cork bears the name of the farm, Kleinood, and the vintage of the specific bottle once again. The metal capsule and screw top bear the sheep insignia embossed and printed on the top. The only difference between the labels of the three different wines lies in the colour used in the lettering and the capsules on the bottles.

Insignia

The Agnus Dei or Lamb of God, sometimes referred to as the Paschal lamb, on the De Villiers family coat of arms refers to Christ as referred to by St. John the Baptist as “The Lamb of God” This image or symbol was extremely significant as a religious symbol for Christians in general and possibly even more so for the French Huguenots who left their homeland because of religious oppression.

Katharien Rosé

Although this wine bears the same label as the other two, there is a slight distinction created by the neck tag and the fact that the vintage appears on the back label. Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé was named after the only daughter and youngest child of the family and the second name, Katharien, appears on the front label instead of the vintage. The image of a little girl playing the clarinet is that of a sculpture her maternal grandmother made of her when she was a little girl. The sculpture is cast in bronze and wears a linen dress.

Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah

The flagship wine Tamboerskloof Syrah bears the same label, hand torn and pasted, printed on handmade, recycled paper. However, for the sake of distinction, we have chosen black for the colour of the labels. The bottle is then wrapped in an artwork printed on recycled paper. Every year, the artwork on the wrapping will be created new. Renowned South African artist, Beezy Bailey, created the artwork for the wrapping of the Tamboerskloof John Spicer syrah 2009 on the farm during May 2014.

"The labels were designed in such a way as to be unpretentious and stripped of any unnecessary information and frills. They had to portray the Kleinood philosophy in every respect."