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
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.