Thorne & Daughters, Rocking Horse Cape White 2020 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Western Cape
'This is our signature wine and it is where all our work comes together to make our most complete wine. The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. Notes of hay, wild honey and nut brittle aromas on the nose lead into a rounded, intense palate of honeybush, yellow plums and a subtle gun flint smokiness with a long full bodied finish. – John Seccombe, Winemaker
Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Triumphant blend of roussanne, semillon, chardonnay, clairette & chenin from widespread vineyards. Gorgeously aromatic 2019 is complex & full of early delight. Has it all: fruit depth, weight, texture, elegant dry grip, lemony acidity, joy, & a unique fascination.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (97/100)
'Produced from grapes purchased across the Western Cape, with the bulk from the Swartland and Stellenbosch, this is Roussanne dominated with 64% Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Clairette Blanche. Handled oxidatively and aged in older wood, it's complex and savoury with peach, greengage and citrus fruit and some phenolic grip. Drink 2021-25' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
|Technical analysis||RS: 2.7 g/L | TA: 6.0 g/L | PH: 3.3|
|Blend information||35% Semillon Blanc, 28% Roussanne, 16% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc and 6% Clairette Blanche|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Thorne & Daughters Wines was started in 2012 by John and Tasha Seccombe with the aim to produce authentic wines in the beautiful Western Cape. John works with grapes from all over the Cape and seems to have a particularly refined aesthetic when it comes to winemaking. His Thorne and Daughters family concern is truly pushing the boundaries with old vines and simple, natural winemaking.|
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