HARVEST & VINTAGE NOTES
Vineyard: Located 4km west of Malmesbury. Yield of 18 hl/ha.
Soils: Decomposed Granite and Table Mountain sandstone. This old vineyard was planted in 1974 and lies on the western side of Malmesbury, en 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 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. Aged in Concrete Tanks on the lees for 12 Months.
Unfined and unfiltered.
This vintage is dark, black graphitic with anise and just massive earthy notes like freshly ploughed earth. It then trickles into the fruit aromas, but is austere from the outset and needs time in the glass. The tannins, as always, are firm and at 13% alcohol it is just like a person who seems to be a lightweight, but who has a massive punch! Age or decant.
Eben Sadie & Paul Jordaan
GRAPES: 100% Tinta Barocca (Local synonym: Tinta das Baroccas)
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.7 g/L
TOTAL SULPHUR: 5.7 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.1 g/L
1,220 cases x 6/750ml