Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse Cape White Blend 2021

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An intense and complex Cape white blend from grapes carefully sourced from prime vineyard sites across the Western Cape.

2021 was a cooler and wetter vintage than recent years, which continued to replenish water reserves and resulted in average yields overall. Heatwaves, which are now standard, were avoided in January and February. This allowed the team a lot of time to decide when to pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and resulted in wines with excellent concentration, but moderate alcohols and balanced acidity.

Thorne & Daughters was started in 2013 by John and Tasha Seccombe with the aim of producing authentic wines from the Western Cape. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the forerunners of the ‘New Wave’ wine movement in South Africa. Thorne & Daughters is mainly focused on producing Cape white blends, from 15 different growers in Bot River, Stellenbosch, Voor Paardeberg, Swartland, Citrusdal, Franschhoek and Overberg. Fruit sourcing has relied on a network of close winemaking friends and knocking on doors to gather the various parcels with which they work. John and Tasha did not want to be limited geographically, so the net was cast wide and has been driven by “a happy synergy of people, place, soil and vines”.