Thorne & Daughters, Snakes & Ladders Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Citrusdal Mountain
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'From Skurfberg Sauvignon Blanc. Matured in old oak. A very particular and intriguing wine – the nose shows quite pronounced reduction before cut grass, hay, lemon, green melon and pineapple. The palate is marked by concentrated fruit plus punchy acidity – intensely flavoured and not without texture, the finish long and dry.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'The wine that comes from these pristine grapes is deeply complex and we vinify it as simply as we can from whole bunch pressing the grapes to months of cool maturation in old oak barrels. Blackcurrant leaf, ruby grapefruit and Chinese guavas form an intensely complex nose. The palate is rich and structured with lemongrass, gooseberry and sumac cut by saline acidity.' – John Seccombe, Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Yields were tiny in 2019 at only 2.2 tons per hectare, but this small parcel of Sauvignon Blanc on Basie van Lill's celebrated farm has produced a stunning first release. Previously sold to a co-operative, it has made something special in John Seccombe's hands. Tangy, reductive and saline, with notes of kelp and rock pools, some subtle wood and plenty of underlying extract. Drink 2021-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'From the first sniff, you know this is something special in the glass showing a beautifully complex nose of lemon grass, lime peel, white citrus and black currant leaf, crunchy white pear and subtle hints of bergamot. The palate is equally unique and utterly mesmerising showing a nervy steely liquid mineral core, oyster shell water and West Coast sea breeze nuances, a grassy sappy textural wood spice intensity and a fabulously tart complex finish with subtle hints of granadilla, naartjie peel and briney rock salt. Not really like any other Sauvignon Blanc on the South African market. Drink now to 2026+.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94+/100
More Information
Alcohol 13.6%
Technical analysis RS: 1.4 g/L | TA: 6.7 g/L | PH: 3.13
Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Blend information 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Rating CE 93
Winemaker John Seccombe
Body Light to medium-bodied
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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