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 superb 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 produces superior Syrah grapes every time. The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah is made from this portion of a single vineyard block on Kleinood.
Grapes are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness and then hand-sorted three times before spontaneous wild yeast start the fermentation. During this time, 2-3 punch downs were performed daily. Via gravity, the juice is then moved from tank to barrel where malolactic fermentation takes place over 8 weeks before barrel maturation over a period of 18 months.
This John Spicer Syrah is a powerfully elegant, deep-ruby red wine with deep intensity.
The nose becomes more pronounced as it opens up, expressing pure ripe plum and wild brambles followed by violet and notes of black pepper.
The palate is generous with an enticing, juicy mass of ripe plum, Maraschino cherries and blackcurrants, all perfumed with cinnamon, cedar and herbs.
The elegant structure is firm with round tannins and a powerful finish.
A special wine.