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2015 The Sadie Family Treinspoor Tinta Barocca Swartland

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Winemaker Notes: This old vineyard was planted in 1974 and lies on the western side of Malmesbury, on route to Darling. Historically Tinta Das Baroccas (the earlier pronunciation) has always had a good and prominent place in the Swartland region.

This vineyard is located next to the old railway line (treinspoor) and was named accordingly.

The very fragile, thin skin of Tinta Barocca is prone to sunburn, but in this case the old bush vines have formed a great framework to keep the bunches sheltered from the intense Swartland sun.

The good color and fi rm acidity of this variety have made it a great and favorite component in blends from the outset. However, once a Tinta Barocca vineyard has grown into old age, it has all the complexities and qualities to be bottled on its own. Unfi ned and unfi ltered. Decanting recommended.


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2015 Old Vine Series Treinspoor, Eben's Tinta Barocca cuvée, which he said has "the biggest passport in South Africa" since the grape has been grown there for a long time for fortified wine production, has a lucid ruby color. Eben told me that it is actually one of his most difficult sells but I am of the opinion that it is one of his best wines. Darker in colur than then other OVS labels, it has a captivating bouquet with raspberry, cranberry leaf, tobacco and damp wet clayey aromas. The palate has firm tannin that Eben compared to Piedmont, which I can understand. The acidity is beautifully judged with killer salinity and mineralité on the finish that both linger in the mouth. This is an outstanding South African wine."

Wine Spectator - "Exuberant cherry, cassis and raspberry fruit flavors race through, flecked with savory and pepper notes. Ends with a bright iron edge on the finish. Solidly built, but relies more on acidity than tannins in the end. Tinta Barocca. Drink now through 2022."

Vinous - "(from old bush vines planted in 1974; 100% whole-bunch fermentation; aged in concrete and one wooden cask): Bright, full red. Wild, leathery scents of red and darker berries and licorice are a bit rustic in a positive, soil-driven way. Concentrated, chewy, slightly dusty wine with leather and game low notes to go along with the higher-pitched red berries and flowers. Reminded me a bit of a funky grower Beaujolais but a good one. Turns a bit dry on the back end, but this is an utterly unique wine."

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Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Vintage 2015
Winery Sadie Family
Size 750 milliliter
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