Summer’s Almost Here … Tasting the Kleinood Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rose 2015, Stellenbosch, 13 Abv…

Cracking out the Rose trumpets the arrival of summer. For such an affordable category of wine style, these boutique dry wines deliver a disproportionate amount of joie de vivre and drinking pleasure.

Grapes for the 2015 Rose were handpicked between 22 and 25 degrees balling to obtain the full red fruit spectrum of the grape. The grapes were hand sorted across our sorting table before being de-stemmed into a stainless steel basket press. The juice settled overnight at 14 Β°C, where after the clear juice was racked off the lees and fermented in stainless steel tanks. 


Alcohol 13.0 % volume, Total Acid 5.5 g/l, pH 3.35, Residual Sugar 1.2 g/l.

Tasting Note: This pure Syrah beauty is pale salmon pink and has a most seductive perfumed nose of wild forest strawberries, cranberries, rose petals, potpourri, dusty garrigue, dried herbs and fynbos complexity. The palate is sleek, lithe and silky with a light, fine boned feminine texture, gravelly mineral spice and a long elegant finish boasting rose water, tangerine peel, liquid minerals and spicy red bramble berries. Perfectly delicious on its own, but would certainly be killer with some tapas nibbles! 

(Wine Safari Score: 92/100 Greg Sherwood MW) 

The lure of Unicorn Rose…

The macho wine collectors and drinkers despise Rose wines. They perhaps tolerate it if sipping on a bottle of Domaine Ott at Club Cinqante Cinq on Pampelone Beach near St Tropez.

But as any true bona fide wine lover will tell you, there are few things more liberating than quaffing, in quick time, a fantastically chilled, fresh, exotic, dry, complex bottle of unicorn Rose. 

It’s not exactly like a bloke admitting to wearing his wife’s dresses when she is away, but more like a chap just reaching out and engaging his more emotional, liberal, sensitive side. Big difference!

I mean, what’s not to love about Grand Cru Rose from Domaine des Lambrays, 100% Mazuelo from Marques de Murrieta, or a unicorn Rosato from Biondi Santi, made exclusively for drinking at the domaine. 

These super quaffable gems give you a tantalising sniff of the estates’ famed red first wines … even if it’s just subconsciously. The smaller the production the better. One tank? Nah, one barrel. No… one demijohn!! One Amphora…!!! You get the picture. Time to  indulge!