2019 Eben Sadie Treinspoor (Swartland)

Ouwingerdreeks (Old Vine Series)
‘My favourite grape is Tinta Barocca,’ says Eben. ‘It is the historical grape of the Cape. You just have to imagine a blend of Syrah and Nebbiolo.’ If you have any trouble putting that together in your head, try a bottle of Treinspoor. It comes from a Malmesbury vineyard that lies next to an old railway line (‘Treinspoor’), hence the name. Fresh, pure and mineral in the mouth, it exudes aromatics of damson, mint, tarragon and sage. Very long. (NT 14/04/21)
Producer
Sadie Family
Origin
Piekenierskloof, Swartland, South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Tinta Barocca
Farming Style
organic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
93 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2021
96 points, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, 2020 report
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Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2019 Treinspoor, 80% whole-cluster Tinta Barocca matured in old foudre, presents a crisp, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, briar and wild fennel scents, gaining intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. Taut and crisp, almost pixelated in style, leading to a sensual, mulberry-tinged finish. Very elegant and refined. 93 points

Tim Atkin MW

"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 Rhône Syrah, all tar, liquorice, blackberry, charcuterie and racy, refreshing acidity. Drink 2023-35. 96 points

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