Sadie Ouwingerdreeks Treinspoor 2017
Eben Sadie helped put Swartland back on the wine map and makes fantastic wines from old vines he's brought back to life. The wine is made from a parcel of old bush vine (ouwingerdreeks) Tinta Barocca planted in 1974. Tinta Barocca was originally brought to South Africa from Portugal to make a version of Port. Now it thrives as a red wine in its own right. It's very prone to sunburn, so yields are always low. Eben likens this wine to a mix between syrah and nebbiolo. Really intersting nose of redcurrants and plums with a hint of vanilla, cola and dark berry fruit. The palate is rich, with a dusky, ripe red berry fruit, and a hint of clove. The tannis are firm but it's still young and there's a freshness on the long mineral tinged finish.