Tamboerskloof Wines

The making of Tamboerskloof wines is underpinned by a dedication to producing a singular and intensely personal wine of the highest quality.

“Only when we blend, do we decide which wine is good enough to become part of the final blend comprising all the different components, which form the building blocks for our Tamboerskloof wines,” comments owner, Gerard de Villiers.

i. Tamboerskloof Syrah

Tamboerskloof
Syrah
2015

Ruby in colour, Tamboerskloof Syrah 2015 has a complex nose of garrigue (the combined fynbos aromas of rosemary, lemon verbena, lavender and marjoram that perfume the air at Kleinood), ripe cherry, fine spices, cassis, currant and ripe strawberry. The well-balanced palate shows dark plumb, Christmas cake, Turkish delight and a fine hint of cinnamon. It finishes with soft elegant, chalky tannins.

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“A benchmark Syrah – quite a brilliant wine….”

The beauty of the colours, smells, tastes, aromas and textures.
The machinery and human hands that work together to create something new.
The intense joy with every successful wine and vintage.

ii. Tamboerskloof Viognier

Tamboerskloof
Viognier
2018

A perfect pale colour. Peach, floret and a lush mix of citrus show immense concentration right from the start. Both precise and dense, the scents and flavours flow through into a tightly wound rich finish, bright with citrus. The length and concentration are simply spectacular.

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Complex, elegant,
spicy and full.

iii. Tamboerskloof
Katharien

Tamboerskloof
Katharien
2018

The bright eyed, bushy tailed and overtly feminine Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé was named after our youngest child and, equally bright eyed and bushy tailed, only daughter.

The Katharien Tamboerskloof Rose 2018 is a very pale salmon pink coloured wine. The nose is highly aromatic a with a broad flavour spectrum profile, noting lychee, strawberry, raspberry, citrus and violets. Particularly food friendly and versatile – perfectly mimicking our award winning Tamboerskloof Syrah 2014 with its mouth-bursting intensity.

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iv. Tamboerskloof
John Spicer Syrah

Tamboerskloof
John Spicer Syrah
2013

The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2013 is structured and balanced, has a garnet colour with a magenta rim and a deep intensity. The nose develops with medium, but pronounced intensity, showing pure ripe plum, maraschino cherries, mixed spice, cedar and cinnamon.

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.

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“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.

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v. Our Packaging

The sole insignia depicts a sheep bearing a flag, derived from the official de Villiers family crest.

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 fled from their homeland because of religious oppression.

The distinctive and characteristically understated labels are hand printed on hand made, recycled paper and then hand torn and pasted onto each bottle.

The small neck tag distinguishes the Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé from the other Tamboerskloof wines. The image is that of a sculpture, made by her maternal grandmother, of her when she was a little girl. The sculpture is cast in bronze and wears a linen dress.

For the sake of distinction; the Kleinood flagship, Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah, is adorned with a black label. However, it is still printed on recycled, handmade paper, hand torn and hand pasted by us on Kleinood. The bottle is then dressed in an artwork by a different artist every harvest.

2013 Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah
– Artwork by Stephanie Conradie

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