This case contains 1 bottle of each of the following wines:
Thorne & Daughters 'Rocking Horse'
Thorne & Daughters 'Cat's Cradle'
Thorne & Daughters 'Snakes & Ladders'
Thorne & Daughters 'Tin Soldier'
Thorne & Daughters 'Paper Kite'
Thorne & Daughters 'Wanderers Heart'
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 - White Blends Including grapes from the Ceres Plateau for the first time, Rocking Horse is a pan-regional blend of Semillon, Roussanne, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Clairette Blanche, with the harvest spread over a period of six weeks. Pear, citrus and stone fruit flavours combine to perfection here, with top notes of jasmine and wild herbs and a mineral, structured, slightly tannic core.
95 points - Wines of the Year Tim Aitkin
Cat's Cradle comes from vines planted in 1971 and 1979 on decomposed granite soils on the Paardeberg and is what John Seccombe calls "my enfant terrible". Sappy, focused, intense and tannic with remarkable extract, notes of fennel and wet stones and some skin contact bitterness and structure.
94 points Tim Aitkin
Snakes & Ladders Basie van Lill's low-yielding one-hectare block on Citrusdal Mountain has done it again, producing a wonderful follow up to the maiden release. "I wanted to get away from the variety" says John Seccombe and he's succeeded thanks to talent, natural fermentation and incredible grapes. Concentrated yet focused, this is like a cross between a Xarel-lo and a Furmint.
95 points - Wines of the Year - Sauvignon Blanc
Tin Soldier is a selection of Semillon Gris from the Paardeberg and always has a distinctive pink tinge as well as some savoury skin tannins. Rose petal, quince, black tea and blood orange flavours make this a wonderfully individual style.
94 points Tim Aitkin
Paper Kite Now made with Swartland fruit - it was from Franschhoek initially - this wonderful old-vine Semillon continues to deliver in spades. Subtly reductive and stony with some tannic grip from thicker skins in a drought year, apple, straw and citrus fruit characters and a mouth-watering, low-alcohol finish.
95 points - Wines of the Year - Semillon
The 'Wanderer’s Heart' Featuring the highest-ever amount of Mourvèdre (29%), this is a Grenache-based red with Syrah providing the third component. Sourced from across the Western Cape, it's fresh and sappy, with lots of whole bunch spices, fresh acidity, some meaty undertones and a tangy plum and red berry core.