Name: The Sadie Family Die Ouwingerdreeks 'Treinspoor'
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Producer: The Sadie Family Wines
Varietal: Tinta Barroca
Vinous Review: 91+ points
(13.1% alcohol; from vines planted in 1974): Good deep red. Deep, wild aromas of raspberry, plum, cherry, leather and botanical herbs, accented by dusty spices. Brisk acidity intensifies the sappy dark berry flavors; expanded impressively with air while maintaining its outstanding inner-mouth tension. Finishes juicy and succulent, with big, broad tannins and superb perfumed length. Made from a Portuguese grape variety found mostly in the Douro Valley, where it is a key ingredient in many ports, this wine struck me as like a hypothetical blend of a Rhone and a Piedmont wine. Sadie, who admitted that he overextracted this fruit in 2010 and 2011, told me that he will put a bit of this vineyard into his flagship Columella bottling, which is a regional wine rather than an expression of a single site.
-- Stephen Tanzer