Tinta Barocca in Africaans




The grape...
Originally a Portuguese port grape from Douro since the 19th century. South Africa has taken a peculiar liking to it as a table varietal, with a handfull of producers making quality examples. Renowned for its cool climate resilience, a saving grace in some vintages, this big, purple grape is usually blended in minority to add dark earthy tones to Porto.


Allesverloren...
Literally translates to 'all is lost' in German. They produces 4 wines annually, all varietal; Shiraz, Cab Sauv, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Barocca, as well as a blended Port. Its nice to know that your wine isn't from the third tier, here all of the winery's fruit goes into a single flagship bottle. They claim to pioneer the production of Tinta Barocca as a table wine and certainly hold international popularity for it. Their website describes stoney soils of shale and sandstone. The warm and dry summers allow easy ripening with high sugars, while cool winds and early mountain shadow cools the afternoon for balanced grapes.

The 2008 Tinta Barocca... 
Highly textured mouth feel, dense and a little rough. It feels very heavy, but the tannin is held back. Soft acidity. The result is a dark, interesting wine, medium/full bodied, easy to drink with complexity. Rich dark fruits up front with dominating earth tones close behind. Notes of ripe blackberry, plum, liquorice root, oak bark, coffee roast, scorched earth, charcoal.


Imagine wading through the remains of a burnt oak forest, a day after the blaze, and digging a foot below the warm, scorched soil to find a single, big, baked plum...


Delicious, interesting, and great value.
Available at WineInk for $19.95.