Thorne & Daughters, Rocking Horse Cape White 750ml 2019South Africa, Western Cape
Rocking Horse is the cornerstone wine; this is where all the work comes together to make their most complete wine. It takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that John made for his daughters out of old oak barrel staves.
Blend: 36% Roussanne, 25% Semillon blanc, 22% Chenin blanc, 11% Chardonnay and 6% Clairette blanche
'The “cornerstone wine” of the range, this is probably the best vintage to date. A blend of 36% Roussanne, 25% Semillon, 22% Chenin Blanc, 11% Chardonnay and 6% Clairette Blanche. The nose is extraordinarily complex nose with notes of green, yellow and white fruit (take your pick) plus florals, spice and some leesy complexity. The palate has lovely fruit definition, racy acidity and great length. Beautifully balanced and offering layers and layers of flavour, this once again delivers a winning combination of moreishness and cerebral satisfaction.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 97/100
'Produced from grapes purchased across the Western Cape, with the bulk from the Swartland and Stellenbosch, this is Roussanne dominated with 64% Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Clairette Blanche. Handled oxidatively and aged in older wood, it's complex and savoury with peach, greengage and citrus fruit and some phenolic grip. 2021-25' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
'The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. The aromas are of yellow plum, kumquat, lemon thyme, soft brioche and crushed oyster shell. In the mouth, the wine starts broad and rich, resolving into a keen line of acidity supported by a gentle tannin.' – Winemaker
Alc: 13.3% | RS: 2.1 g/L | TA: 5.7 g/L | PH: 3.23
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.
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