Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite Old Vine Sémillon 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
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'2020 old-vine Swartland semillon hints at lemon zest & chestnut, nutmeg with a salty edge. Moderate 13% alcohol but has substance & depth of fruit, along with lovely fluidity. Like 2019 (4.5 stars, 94 pts), refined, lingering. Natural ferment & 9 months old oak, as both ranges.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'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. 2021-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 95/100

'Grapes from a 1963 Swartland vineyard of Semillon and small amounts of Semillon Gris. Whole-bunch pressed and matured in old oak. Citrus, peach, apple, earth and a waxy character on the nose while the palate shows good fruit density – it comes across as almost plush on entry but ends dry.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'Paper Kite is our expression of old vine South African Semillon, and it is sourced from a 57 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. The wine shows savoury aromas of chestnuts, nougat and nutmeg with the subtle, fresh pepperiness of wild rocket. The palate is full and rounded with marzipan and yellow melon notes balanced by a citrus spine that adds structure.' – John Seccombe, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker John Seccombe
Alcohol 13%
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Sémillon
Rating PG 95
Technical analysis RS: 2.5 g/L | TA: 5.6 g/L | PH: 3.27
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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