Thorne & Daughters was started in 2013 by John and Tasha Seccombe with the aim of producing authentic wines from the Western Cape. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the forerunners of the ‘New Wave’ wine movement in South Africa. Thorne & Daughters is mainly focused on producing Cape white blends, from 15 different growers in Bot River, Stellenbosch, Voor Paardeberg, Swartland, Citrusdal, Franschhoek and Overberg. Fruit sourcing has relied on a network of close winemaking friends and knocking on doors to gather the various parcels with which they work. John and Tasha did not want to be limited geographically, so the net was cast wide and has been driven by “a happy synergy of people, place, soil and vines”.
Rocking Horse 2019 is deep gold in colour having been exposed to oxygen at the beginning of the winemaking process. On the nose, it reveals aromas of yellow plum, kumquat and bay leaf, with saline undertones. The palate is broad and supple and finishes with a clean line of acidity.
The Chenin Blanc grapes for the 'Cat's Cradle' are sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1979 in the ‘Langkloof’ (Long Valley) on Swartland’s Paardeberg mountain. The soils are composed of decomposed granite and the 40-year-old bush vines produce small yields of very concentrated fruit. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the grapes are harvested by hand. This is a very clear and bright expression of Chenin Blanc. On the nose, aromas of white peaches combine with ground almonds, frangipane and floral nuances. On the palate, the wine has a lovely creamy texture and a vibrant acidity balances the precise and concentrated flavours which endure on the lingering finish.
The 'Snakes & Ladders' is an atypical South African Sauvignon Blanc which does away with overbearing primary fruit. The nose boasts aromas of blackberry leaf, wild grass and herbal nuances along with honey melon, ripe citrus and a flinty, earthy smokiness. The palate is bold with a voluptuous structure balanced by a bracing acidity that carries the flavours onto the lasting finish.
The 'Tin Soldier' is deep copper in colour due to the partial skin fermentation. On the nose intense aromas of citrus peel and papaya combine with notes of spice, ginger, marzipan and buttered toast. The interplay between sweet and savoury aromas is a key point of interest in the ‘Tin Soldier’ and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. The palate is finely structured, with fresh acidity and full flavours of citrus, gooseberry and sesame seeds. It is dry and delicate, while at the same time showing a core of richness and depth.
The Semillon grapes for the 'Paper Kite' are sourced from a single vineyard in the “Siebritskloof” (Siebret's Valley) on Swartland’s Paardeberg mountain. The 56-year-old, low-yielding bush vines are planted on alluvial granite soil. These old clones deliver a unique expression of Semillon which is very different from that of modern-day clones. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the grapes are harvested by hand. Deep gold in colour. On the nose, the wine boasts intense aromas of green figs, quince, almond and jasmine combined with savoury notes of oat biscuits, barley and a subtle spiciness. On the palate, the wine is rich, textured and complex with a saline minerality and a lasting finish.
The 'Wanderer’s Heart' is made from a blend of grapes from carefully selected growers across the Western Cape. The Grenache is sourced from dry farmed vineyards on the Paardeberg mountain in the Swartland which has a combination of clay and granite soils. The Mourvèdre is the fruit of 12-year-old vines planted on clay/gravel soils in Bot River. The Syrah also comes from Bot River from 12-year-old vines planted on shale. The vineyards are all farmed sustainably and harvesting is done by hand. Bright ruby in colour. On the nose, well-defined aromas of black cherry, blackberry and ruby grapefruit combine with spicy notes of cinnamon and cedar. On the palate, the wine is poised with soft, chalky tannins and a vibrant acidity which carries the pure fruit flavours onto the lingering finish.