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Tim Atkin is a UK-based Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist with an international following.+
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.
It is no secret that we have a very high regard for the Tinta Barocca grape and that is with good reason. Year after year it is one of the mono-varietals that seriously translates “terroir” in the Swartland. We needed a few years to learn to read the extraction points and grape growing patterns of the varietal and the vineyards are in better equilibrium now. Any fan of Piedmont wines will have a greater attraction to this wine for the 2019 Treinspoor is a dark horse that needs time in the bottle and the benefit of patience. The fruit on this vintage is pretty and it is a more drinkable early version, but I urge buyers to give it the benefit of time.
Unfined and unfiltered – decanting recommended.
“The greatest grape for the Swartland, says Eben Sadie of Tinta Barocca, unconcerned that no one seems to agree with him. Treinspoor can be hard to like in its youth, but not in 2019. Yes, it has grunt and density, but it’s also savoury, aromatic and perfumed, like a cross between a Nebbiolo and northern Rhone Syrah, all tar, blackberry, charcuterie and racy, refreshing acidity. Drink 2023-35.”
Tim Atkin, 96 points