Thorne & Daughters, Paper Kite Old Vine Sémillon 750ml 2019

South Africa, Swartland
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This is one of the highly-rated wines on Tim Atkin MW's 2020 South Africa Special Report

Paper Kite is Thorne & Daughters expression of old vine South African Semillon, and it is sourced from a 56 year-old vineyard in Swartland. These old clones of Semillon (including a tiny amount of Semillon gris dotted about the vineyards) deliver an expression of Semillon that is very much at odds with the modern, aromatic clones. The wines they produce are hauntingly beautiful and difficult to define.

Tasting notes:
'This exceptional white comes from a Semillon vineyard planted in 1963, where 5% of the vines are Semillon Gris. Whole bunch pressed, oxidatively handled and fermented and aged in old wood, it's focused, stony and pithy, despite going through full malolactic, with lime, lanolin and fresh dough notes and wonderful line and length. 2021-26' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'From a Swartland vineyard of Semillon and Semillon Gris planted in 1963. Aromatics of citrus, hay and some waxiness. The palate is relatively rich and smooth textured but nicely balanced due to fresh acidity, the finish gently savoury.' – Christian Eedes,, 92/100

'The wine is rich, textured and complex, with aromas of soft dry grass, jasmine and quince. The palate shows a saline minerality with flavours of barley and persimmon.' – Winemaker

Alc: 13.4% | RS: 1.18 g/L | TA: 5.05 g/L | PH: 3.39

About Thorne & Daughters:
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.
More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style White
Country South Africa
Rating TA 95
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R350.00
Producer Thorne & Daughters
Region Swartland
Variety Sémillon
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