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The Kleinood Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2015
John Spicer Syrah is named after our first-born child and only son. His names, as Katharien’s, are family names. His paternal grandfather was John de Villiers, while Spicer goes back further to a maternal great uncle, Henry Spicer Daniels.
The reason for making the John Spicer Syrah is based purely on the outstanding and unique character of the wine produced by this vineyard year after year – wishing to keep it apart as the ultimate expression of our terroir, supporting the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard.
– a truly handcrafted wine, in every sense of the word.
The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2015 has a medium ruby colour. On the nose blueberry, wild bramble and cassis dominate, followed by charming floral notes of violets and fynbos supported by cherry. It finishes with spices, black pepper and sage. 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.
Each year we invite a young South African artist to make an original painting for the wrapping of the Tamboerskloof John Spicer. For the 2015 vintage, we invited Jeanne Gaigher, who drew her inspiration from the frogs of Kleinood.
Her artwork inspired something we had never done before, but just seemed so natural to do, and, as Kleinood is turning twenty one this year, felt a fit commemoration of our coming of age.
If we could taste and smell the farm in a beautiful bottle of wine, and see an imagined portrayal of Kleinood fauna through art, why then could we not hear what the farm sounds like?
And, so, The Kleinood Nocturne was born from a very natural collaboration between wine, art and music.
The Kleinood Nocturne
Created by the acclaimed jazz pianist Kyle Shepherd in collaboration with sound artist Rob Brinkworth, will take you on a breathtaking journey, from sunset to sunrise, on Kleinood, over a glass of Tamboerskloof John Spicer 2015.
Thus, with The 2015 Tamboerskloof John Spicer, we wish to not only bring you our soil and sun and rain, but all the things we love, in one sensorial celebration.
Smell, taste, see & hear Kleinood
in the Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2015
The grapes are hand picked from a select portion of a single vineyard block, 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 26.5oC for 14 days.
100% Syrah Clone SH470
Ex Kleinood (Stellenbosch)
198m above MSL
Alcohol: 14,85 % volume
Total Acid: 5.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l
Eighteen months in 300 litre French oak barrels 15% first, 35% second and 50% third fill.
AGE OF VINES
The wine pairs well with red meat and game flavoured with herbs, berry coulis or smokey spices as well as sweeter dishes of pork, duck or spiced Asian styled dishes accompanied by plum sauces and good company.