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

South Africa, Swartland
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'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

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'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. Drink 2021-26' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'Airy 2019 old-vine semillon hints at lemon zest & flowers, with a salty edge. Lower alcohol than previous at 12.7%, but has substance & depth of fruit along with lilting, slippery loveliness. Refined, balanced & lingering. Will reward keeping. Natural ferment & old oak, as for all these.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker John Seccombe
Alcohol 13%
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Sémillon
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 2.5 g/L | TA: 5.6 g/L | PH: 3.27
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