Vineyard: Located 4km west of Malmesbury
Grapes: Tinta Barocca (Local synonym: Tinta das Baroccas)
Soils: Decomposed Granite and Table Mountain sandstone
Ageing Potential: 16 years
Average Yield: 18 hl/ha
Winemaker: Eben Sadie
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 colour and firm acidity of this variety have made it a great and favourite 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.
Unfined and unfiltered – decanting recommended.
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Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com: 92 Points*
“The 2011 Old Vine Series Treinspoor is pure Tinta Barocca from a parcel to the west of Malmesbury that was planted in 1974. It has a generous nose of mulberry, dates and a touch of cola on the wonderful defined bouquet that unfurls with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, pixilated red fruits that dance on the tongue, with hints of cola and salted liquorice towards the bright, effervescent finish. This is simple delicious, although I might be less inclined to age this compared to other Old Vine Series wines.”
* 2011 vintage, 2012 not rated yet