Classy, Small and Precious Kleinood
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0 Wine Tour

Classy, Small and Precious Kleinood

KLEINOOD WINERY
Thursday 25 April 2019
https://www.kleinood.com/home/

Experience: 4.5/5
Wines: 5/5

Kleinood Winery was the first vineyard I visited as part of a mini wine tour to the South of Stellenbosch. I had tasted the Kleinood wines before at the Charcuterie & Shiraz Festival at Franschhoek in June last year. The Rhône cultivar wines are made under the Tamboerskloof label from 10 hectares of the 22 hectare boutique estate. A further 2 hectares are devoted to olives to make the de Boerin extra virgin olive oil. This explains the multitude of listings in the Platter’s Wine Guide, other books and websites: Kleinood Farm, Kleinood Winery, Tamboerskloof Wine, Tamboerskloof-Kleinood and more. I had long wanted to visit, both to sample the excellent wines where they were made and because I lived for 2 happy years in Tamboerskloof in the Cape Town city bowl. I learned afterwards that owners Gerard and Libby de Villiers (descendants of French Huguenot Jacob de Villiers who came to the Cape in 1688 and bought Boschendal wine farm) lived in the suburb – ‘tamboer’ means drum and ‘kloof’ means valley – before buying the land in 2000.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Kleinood lies halfway down the Blaauwklippen Valley to the South of Stellenbosch, between Dornier and Keermont wine estates and opposite the better known Waterford Estate. The area is known as the ‘golden triangle’ and has some superb wines, making it one of my favourite wine regions. There is something about the terroir of the warm, dry summers with their cooling False Bay sea breezes, the winter rains, the altitude, the North and West facing vineyards, and the Moordenaarskloof, Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountain Tukulu and Kroonstad soils that make wines from the Valley so special.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

The de Villiers renamed the farm Kleinood, Afrikaans for ‘small and precious’. It was easy to see why as I entered via a narrow lane with red sandy soil that gently sloped down to the cellar and family home. It took a short while to find the Tasting Room where Nina greeted me. The setting was rural and peaceful with the sound of running water outside. She offered to show me the property before tasting. As we walked through the semi-ornamental gardens to the dam, she explained that cellar engineer Gerard de Villiers was ‘more gardener than farmer’. The estate has been transformed by the removal of alien plants by the river banks, the cutting down of pine and poplar trees that were unbalancing the soil, the planting of over 200 indigenous trees, fynbos and shrubs, re-routing the stream to avoid winter flooding, composting to improve the soils, pruning and feeding the oak trees, beehives and ducks, stocking the dam with trout, and planting of the olive trees and vines. The result of these organic and rehabilitation practices were readily visible and impressive.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

It was difficult to believe too that the buildings were new also and built with the same eco-fashion and attention to detail. Sewage is treated and digested before being discharged into underground ‘French’ drains, energy use is minimized and conserved, solar panels were installed for the cellar and winery needs in 2013, drinking and irrigation water from the Helderberg slopes is fed by gravity without pumps, and all waste from the farm is recycled. The paper packaging and wine labels are all manually printed on hand made paper and pasted onto each bottle by hand. My appetite for the wines was more than ready as we returned to the cellar with its water feature and white ducks outside.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

I sampled 3 wines, beginning with the Syrah Rosé, named as so often for a South African wine after daughter Katharien. It was my favourite wine of the tasting (albeit a close run thing) with inviting pale salmon pink colour. Part fermented in stainless steel and 5th fill French 300 litre barrels (15%), the wine was one of the best South African Rosés I have tasted. The nose showed great intensity and complexity of sweet strawberry, Syrah spiciness, raspberry, citrus and delicate floral notes. It was dry on the palate with a layered complexity of flavour, surprising weight, medium acidity and decent length that are rare for a Rosé.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

I rated the Viognier, with 11% barrel-fermented Roussanne for perfume, almost as highly. The wine was fermented in a mix of stainless steel tanks, concrete eggs and old oak barrels and a pale light straw in colour. Viognier, from the Northern Rhône, is an uncommon variety in South Africa (below 1% by vineyard area) and not appreciated as much as it should be. The Tamboerskloof wine showed exceptional, lively aromas. I wrote at the time that it ‘was like putting my nose into an orange orchard in full blossom’ due to its aromatic, floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, white peach and white honey. The wine showed a smooth richness on the palate, creamy to start and oily after, with good length and a balanced acidity.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Full bodied and purple, the Syrah offered a similar deep complexity and intensity to the Rosé. The fruity intensity of the stellar 2015 vintage showed with layer upon layer of red cherry, cassis and black cherry fruits, floral white violets, white pepper spiciness, and bitter orange, cigar box, cedar notes. The 19 months of oak maturation (15% first fill) showed by angular, tightly structured tannins that were well balanced and fuller than the Syrah from Keermont further up the Valley. This wine will age well.

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

I bought all 3 wines, having never bought all wines tasted before during a winery visit. The Tamboerskloof wines were all superb (the accompanying Tasting Notes too) and well worth visiting to sample. The wine farm setting was tranquil and beautiful. I too have aspirations one day of completing my journey from Tamboerskloof to somewhere as ‘small and precious’, indeed ….

Wines tasted (bought *):

White:

2017 Tamboerskloof Viognier – R170*

Rosé:

2018 Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé – R125* FAVOURITE WINE

Red:

2015 Tamboerskloof Syrah – R220*

Tamboerskloof Kleinood

 

You Might Also Like

Real Wines in the Place of God

Masses of Fun and a little Chaos at the Ambeloui Harvest Festival

Eksteen Experiments in the Lower Valley

Superb De Trafford Worthy of Being My 200th Wine Estate

Grape Fun – Stomping Well Worth the Journey!

Blaauwklippen was Good for a Friday

God Bless Slaley and All who Drink with Her

K-eynote W-ines at the V-ineyard

Grape Expectations are Met at Zevenwacht

In the Vineyard with Beyerskloof

Kosie Wynes at Groenland

Oh-MG at Anthonij Rupert

Sylvan Vale Wines Good for a Meeting or an Eating

King Chenin Kens (Knows) the Wood from the Trees

Maiden Visit to Lord’s Bowled Me Over

Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

Wine Passions Mounted at Cavalli

Wines Out of the Barrel at Kanonkop

South over the Hills in Elgin

One Day, Three Tastings, Five Wines and Seven Sisters

Barrels of Fun at My First Stellenbosch Street Soirée

Wonderful Grapes at the Vineyard Hotel

Bracing Brakes on the Red Wines at Remhoogte

www: W-arm W-olseley W-elcome

Mooi Mooi Mooi Mooiplaas

From Palette to Palate to Muratie

The Big Easy Tee’s Off in the Vineyard

This Vineyard Touched My Soul (aka, I Bought My First Bottle of Petrus)

A Kleine Experience at Zalze

Class in Glass at Glenelly

The Garagiste in the Garage at Sonklip!

Warwick Wines Win their Colours

Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

Hermanus-sleepers-fontein!

Peace but No Rest for Rust en Vrede

Wines Merely to Lust After

Idiom Puts on a Festival Master Class

Shiraz Purrs at Manley Wine Lodge

Classic(al) to Barrique – De Morgenzon Hits all the Right Notes

Only One JC Le Roux Wine Sparkled and Scintilla-ted

Superb Whites in the Near Dark at Mont Blois

A Cracker and a Stormer at Paul Wallace

Nala Wines are Well Engineered in the Vineyard

Clouds Reign in Stellenbosch

Bartinney Clings to the Mountain

Opening the Book at Elgin Vintners

New Branding for Old-enburg is Perfect

Kept Alone at Kaapzicht

Delaire Graff Wines Sparkle

Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

Wagons to the Cellar at Waboomsrivier

Idiom Wines Make a Statement

Where Eagles Care

2018 Wacky Wine Ends at Le Roux & Fourie

Elgin Valley is the Cool Wine Tour

Red and White Cab – and So Much More – at Asara

Pedigree Stud Grub at Cavalli

Mulderbosch didn’t quite Meet the Yardstick

Dornier Disappoints

Golden Wines at the End of the Rainbow

Com-fort-able Wines at Fort Simon

Pastures Anew at Rustenberg

The Bestbier Family produces Best Wines at Goede Hoop

The Terroir is Honoured in the Bottle at Springfield

The Ladies in Red

‘Out of the Office’ at Groot Constantia

Lemberg Punches Above its Weight

Two Dam Good!

Cork and Talk with Dave

A Family Occasion – the Story behind the Bottle

Simple Spier

Ruddy Red and Blanc Sauvignons

Red, Red (Spanish) Wine

Wine Dinners are Not For Me

On Yonder Hill There Stands a Vineyard!

Laibach Shows its Spots

Bizarre in Swazi

The Early Bird Catches the Wine

Anysbos a Wine Estate to Look Out For

Waterf-ord More Ord-inary Than Extra-ord-inary

It’s all Art and Wine at Almenkerk

Eq-wine – Fine Wines and Fast Horses!

Franschhoek’s Hidden Gem Is Reluctant to Reveal

High Living on the Stoep Sipping Aged, Luscious Red Wines

Stellenrust Eagerly Impresses

Sweet and Safe Times Pair Well with the Whales

Keermont Farmhouse Redefines Luxury

Super Surprises at Super Single Vineyards

Excellent Unstated Wines and Service – Naturally!

Diemersdal has Six Appeal

Wine Cellar the Top Fine Wine Seller

Wines Made to Stand the Taste of Time

Individual Quality at Jordan

1 Night, 7 Oaks, 3 Wine Tastings for Visit 2!

Englishman Meets Mrs English at Classic Lanzerac

Malverne Dis-Clos-ed

High 5’s All Round for Pride without Arrogance

A Myth, a Princess, History and Destruction, 2 Names and 4 Styles – Shiraz with Pizzazz

A Cape Wine Master-class

Magnifico – Grazie Mille Idiom!

Peter Falke Didn’t Knock my Socks Off

Alto Reaches Heights with the M.P.H.S.

Neil’s Vines on the Tr-Ellis in Stellenbosch

Rickety Tram Passengers at Rickety Bridge

Perfection is Attainable at Boschkloof Wines

Wines from the Orchards at Le Pommier

DeWaal Sits Atop the Pinotage Hill

Simonsig Excellence Today with a Traditional Legacy

Latching onto Superb Wines at De Grendel

Putting Capelands on the Cape Winelands Map!

Multi-Faceted Wines on Display at the Vineyard

A Sparkling Tasting at Charles Fox

Never too Early in the Morning for Wine Tasting!

Satisfaction in Getting My Ducks (and Wines) in a Row

Excelsior Blends Quality with Price

Pinotage Hits a Purple Patch in Paarl

I-own-a Wine Farm!

History in Every Glass at Overgaauw

Wines That Don’t Cost The Earth

Wines to Love on Love Street

Morgenhof in the Morning

Red and White Wines with Frog’s ‘Legs’

Peter Puts into Hermanus

A Warm Welcome in the Cool Climate at South Hill

Hidden Valley and Its Wines are Revealed

Superb Views of Guardian Peak

Fish (and other foods) with Wanda!

Hearty Food and Wine Brought by the Stork at Hartenberg

Quoin Rock Gently Roars at Knorhoek

Linga-ring in a Winery in Malawi

Log Cabin-et Sauvignon in the Hot Tub!

A Hidden Gem of Rare Excellence

Swallowing Fine Wines at Paserene

Rijk Tulbagh Gives Name to Cellar and Town

Quality with Style in the Vineyard

More than Just a Destination

Saxenburg Puts Heart, Mind and Soul into Its Wines

The Phoenix Rises from the Terroir at Thelema

Seven Reasons To Visit Seven Oaks Wines

Where the Lions Roar in the Wild West of Bot Rivier

Always a Favourite – Guaranteed to Delight

Syrah Pillars of Excellence at Haskell

Lothian Left Me Breathless – and Not Only the Wines!

Same but Different End to the Diploma Lectures

Tram-Way to Heaven in Franschhoek

Made by Wade, Metzer Hugely Impressed

House Wine from the Wine Tram

Grand Wines at the Big Top!

Water into Wine at Uitkyk

Late at Lateganskop

Wine on the Slopes at Chamonix

Bellville to Bellevue to Belle Wines

Lovane Serves its Guests Well

All Green at Villiera

2017 Annual Cape Wine Lovers’ Society Awards

Exciting, Excellent Keermont

Marching into France

Well and Truly Oaked!

Back to the Future in the Berg of Paarl

How Do You Grow a Vineyard Like Maria?

Hout Bay Vineyards – Simply the Best!

Hazendal Fit for a Tsar, a Hare and a God of Wine

Peter Has a Whale of a Time in Hermanus

3 Comments

  1. Waterf-ord More Ord-inary Than Extra-ord-inary – Cape Wine Lovers' Society

    […] in the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, South of Stellenbosch during which I planned to taste also at Kleinood Winery (Tamboerskloof wines), Keermont Vineyards and De Trafford […]

  2. Being Creative at Flagstone – Cape Wine Lovers' Society

    […] lemon and white pepper. The boldness on the nose reminded me of the Viognier I recently tasted at Kleinood (Tamboerskloof) but with less subtlety. The notes well followed through to the palate that showed […]

  3. Ruddy Red and Blanc Sauvignons – Cape Wine Lovers' Society

    […] easily have bought all 3 wines at a conventional tasting which I have done once only before, at Kleinood in the Stellenbosch ‘golden triangle’. I liked the elegant yet unfussy labels which well […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *