Tim Martins vineyards are based in the Helderberg mountain range in Swartland, South Africa. With an average vine age of 44 years old, the vines are some of the oldest in the area. The vineyard is all sustainably farmed. These wines are not being made any more, which is a shame because we really like them and they have cool labels. We bought the last bottles of each and thought we would offer them as a discounted two bottle pack, so you can taste and compare.
One of the wines is a 100% Tinta Barroca, a grape that's native to Portugal but is found in a few small plots around the Western Cape. The wine is created in a Burgundian and Beaujolais style, but using a robust dark fruited grape it makes this something very different.
The nose is intense, offering floral and spicy aromas with brooding black fruit. These flavours carry through onto the palate with firm but fine tannins. Drinking beautifully now but will age well.
The second wine is a Mourvedre. Red fruits dominate on the nose, as well as floral notes with some musk spice. These characters carry through onto the palate, which demonstrates great balance and a long finish.
Both wines will age really well if you forget to drink them. Both really open up in a big glass, and it's worth stretching their legs by pouring them into a decanter.