Thorne & Daughters Tin Soldier Sémillon 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
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'From Swartland Semillon Gris. 50% skin contact. Gorgeous aromatics of potpourri, naartjie, red apple, bay leaf, spice and a hint of waxy character. Good fruit purity, bright acidity and a gently savoury finish – increasingly less esoteric as the grapes are picked riper and the amount of skin contact is reduced.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'The colour of the wine is unusual, having taken some bright copper tones from about a week's fermentation on skins. The nose is expressive with spice, sweet papaya, ginger, citrus peel and marzipan notes. Over the past couple of years, we have dialled the ripeness up a notch, making for a more complete and 'grown-up' wine, which we feel is in a very good space with the 2020 edition. The interplay between savoury and sweet is a key point of interest in Tin Soldier, and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. The wine shows aromas of orange blossom, tomato leaf and ginger biscuits. The palate is rich, textured and long with notes of lime peel and toffee apple.' – John Seccombe, Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Tin Soldier comes from the same Swartland farm as Paper Kite, but is entirely made from Semillon Gris. Lightly pink in colour, largely as a result of 50% skin fermentation, this is remarkably stony and fresh, with only 12.2% alcohol, wonderful focus and palate length and notes of quince and lemon zest. Drink 2020-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 94/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker John Seccombe
Alcohol 12.2%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Sémillon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Sémillon
Rating CE 93
Technical analysis RS: 2.5 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.26
Producer information 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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