Kleinood is a word meaning a ‘gem’. This enchanting wine estate is a little gem in the shadow of the Helderberg, one of THE Stellenbosch Wine Appellation regions. 18km from False Bay from whence cometh cooling breezes which ameliorate summer heat in the vineyards. This allows for a longer slower ripening time, thus greater colour and flavour in the berries.
The grapes for the Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah 2016 are hand harvested in the early morning into 17kg lug boxes. Once in the cellar, the grapes go through three different sorting processes before entering the winemaking process. The grapes are moved without pumping into the fermentation tanks. Both classical and modern elevation techniques are used. The wine spends 18 months in 300 litre and 500 litre French Oak Barrels. Of these 15% were first fill and the remainder in previously filled barrels. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
I must admit to being blown away by this wine. It is packed in a dark glass Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label is very tactile, simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is bloodplum in colour at the heart and then pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Shiraz, though there are splashes of Mourvèdre and Viognier in the mix, these add extra character to the wine. There are floral notes, violets, sweet brown spice, a grind of pepper and a whiff of chocolate all in undertow to the splendid red fruit, cherries, plums and roadside brambles which appear from entry into the palate. Lovely raspberry acidity which is so refreshing and into the aftertaste where the fine tannins meet the wonderful complex concentrated ending. An impressive glass, eminently drinkable now, though will reward you after a couple of years of coo cellaring.
The Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah 2016 is a fine wine for food. We had it the other night with Madeleine’s Cajun Chicken Breasts. And a mixed salad. They were on the bone. Rubbed with some of Kleinood’s De Boerin Olive Oil and well sprinkled with NOMU Cajun Rub and then roasted in the oven. An utterly delicious dish and it loved the wine.
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