96 points Tim Atkin MW 2020
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. 2023-35
Vines were planted in 1974 in soils of decomposed granite and sandstone. Whole bunch fermented. Pressed into concrete and old wooden casks to age for about 1 year. The most balanced and harmonious vintage from the vineyard.