Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse Cape White Blend 2018

Tasting Notes

Winery: Thorne & Daughters
Varietal: Other White
SKU: THOROCWHI2018 Category:
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Thorne Daughters Cape White Blend 2018


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5 Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Roussanne, semillon, chardonnay, clairette & chenin make a seamless, complex whole in lightly rich & ripe, delicate but forceful 18 (97 pts). Texture like rippling silk shot through with fresh lemony acidity. Tantalising but satisfying to the long-lingering finish. WO Western Cape. Natural ferment & maturation in old oak, as for all these wines.

96 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019

Rocking Horse is a cuvee of grapes and areas, combining Roussanne, Semillon, Chardonnay, Clairette Blanche and Chenin Blanc from four different regions. Showing John Seccombe’s skills as a blender, it’s leesy, herbal and seamlessly balanced with spice, pear and oatmeal flavours and racy, stony acidity. 2020-2025

Winemaker Notes

Rocking Horse is our cornerstone wine and takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that we made for our daughters out of old oak barrel staves. This is our signature wine and it is where all our work comes together to make our most complete wine.

The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. The aromas are of yellow plum, kumquat, sweet bay leaf 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.

Roussanne – 25% Stellenbosch / Paardeberg – 11 years old – decomposed granite / clay
Semillon blanc – 22% Franschhoek – 36 years old – alluvial soils
Chardonnay – 19% Stellenbosch 16 years old – decomposed granite
Clairette blanche – 18% Stellenbosch 36 years old – decomposed granite
Chenin blanc – 16% Paardeberg 38 years old – decomposed granite

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