Tinta Barocca is a grape native to the sun-baked Duoro valley in Portugal, so it finds a natural second home in the warm vineyards of the Swartland. The 'Sk'wingkiesvlei' was planted in the early 1960s, making it one of the oldest Tinta Barocca vineyards in South Africa. Grown on the unique granite soils of the Paardeberg mountain, the resulting wine is deep and layered with delicious notes of blackberry, plum and a spicy kick of white pepper on the finish. Less than 1,500 bottles of this beautiful red were made in 2020 making it a gorgeous, and rare example of this unique vineyard.
Nebbiolo meets Shiraz," says Adi Badenhorst of Tinta Barocca, and it's not a bad description
of the grape. Grippy, tannic and intense, with plenty of colour, wild herb intensity, racy
acidity and notes of damson, rose petal, tar and blackberry. Gloriously chewy. Drink 2023-30.
Adi Badenhorst is a farmer first and foremost. In 2007 he bought a dilapidated old winery on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain in the Swartland. It was rough around the edges, but with magnificent old vineyards that just needed a bit of love. Since then he and his wife have worked tirelessly to breathe new life into the farm, and today it is one of the most interesting vineyard sites in the area.
Adi's focus is on producing wines that are authentic celebrations of the Swartland and its unique growing conditions. His Family Red and White wines are deliberately designed to give the best expression of 'place', whilst his single-vineyard bottling's hail from small parcels of old vines, each with their own terroir expression. He is also experimenting more with skin contact wines and has recently started producing an approachable orange Chenin/Semillon within his Saceuters range. To taste Adi's wines is to taste the Swartland distilled into a glass. Remarkable and delicious.
Read our interview with Adi, on the blog now.
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