Thorne & Daughters Tin Soldier Sémillon 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Western Cape
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Tin Soldier is a skin-fermented wine made from Semillon gris, which is almost unique to South Africa, and a vestige of a time when Semillon was the grape on which the South African wine industry was built. The vineyard has been established from a sélection massale of Semillon gris cuttings taken from an adjacent vineyard of Semillon that was planted in 1964.

Tasting notes:
'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

'From Semillon Gris. Skin-fermented portion reduced to 40% in an effort to achieve more “vinosity”. A shy nose before a palate that is not overtly fruity but rather about its tangy acidity and grippy texture – subtle flavours of bittersweet orange and dried herbs make this intellectually demanding.' – 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 2019 edition. The interplay between savoury and sweet is a key point of interest in Tin Soldier, and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. On the nose there is oyster shell, peach kernel and buttered toast. The palate is finely structured, with fresh acidity and full flavours of cape gooseberries, sesame seeds and Oolong tea. It is dry and delicate, while at the same time showing a core of richness and depth.' – John Seccombe, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker John Seccombe
Alcohol 12.2%
Blend information 100% Sémillon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Sémillon
Rating TA 94
Technical analysis RS: 2.1 g/L | TA: 5.6 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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