Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2020
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PRODUCER: Thorne and Daughters Wines was started in 2012 by John and Tasha Seccombe to produce authentic wines in the beautiful Western Cape where they have made their home. It has been a long journey that has taken them around the world and brought them back here to where they first met. We are in love with the Cape, and they want us to taste the air and this sunshine through their wines.
WINEMAKING: The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape.
Semillon blanc – 35% Franschhoek – 38 years old - alluvial soils
Roussanne – 28% Stellenbosch / Paardeberg – 13 years old - decomposed granite / clay
Chardonnay – 16% Ceres Plateau 7 years old – clay
Chenin blanc – 15% Paardeberg 41 years old - decomposed granite
Clairette blanche – 6% Swartland 36 years old – decomposed granite
The winemaking remains simple. Our primary challenge during the harvest is to ensure that we pick all of our far-flung blocks at the right time and get them back to the winery in perfect condition. Once this is achieved, we revert to working with very little in the way of ‘winemaking technique’.
Picking is done early and based mostly on taste with an eye on the style of the wine that we’re aiming at. We are not looking for a big alcohol expression (nor a low alcohol one for that matter) and prefer subtle wines that show ripeness, while being restrained and elegant.
The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and no treatments or additions are used on the juice. This hands-off regime on the juice really helps to develop the character of the wine. The juice is then racked off the heavy solids and taken to old oak barrels of various volumes. The wines are fermented naturally, and they are allowed to then go through their subsequent malolactic fermentation. We watch them carefully for the next few months until they ‘settle down’, at which point we add some sulphur dioxide. Primary fruit is not what we are looking for here, rather we’re trying to show the underlying character of the grapes and the vineyard where they came from.
TASTING NOTE: 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.