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. (NM)
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. (JM)
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. (ST)
Lots of fruit and charm. Much more transparent than most Tinta Barrocas. Racy and lively.
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