Raising our handcrafted wines along with our two daughters.
It's about bringing delicate things into the world with work-worn hands.
Thorne and Daughters Wines was started in 2012 by John and Tasha Seccombe to produce authentic wines in the beautiful Western Cape where we have made our home. It has been a long journey that has taken us around the world and brought us back here to where we first met. We are in love with the Cape, and we want to taste this air and this sunshine in our wines.
To produce our wines we’ve drawn on the great history of wine growing here in the Cape, putting together old vineyard parcels with new grape varieties, and making wines with old school simplicity and a modern ‘edge’. Our approach to wine making is simple, honest and gentle, and we are looking to make wines that tell a story, not wines that shout and bang a drum.
We spend a lot of time cooking and talking about wine, food, photography, building, and gardening. Our home and family are so important to us and they are constant sources of energy and inspiration that we take into the world. We are ridiculously passionate about what we do, and are so grateful to be able to make these wines and share our ideas.
Roussanne (39%) - trellised vines, 8 years old, alluvial soils
Chardonnay (23%) - dryland bush vines, 22 years old, shale and clay soils
Semillon blanc (23%) - trellised vines, 30 years old, alluvial soils
Chenin blanc (15%) - dryland bush vines 33 years old, decomposed granite soils
Our Rocking Horse Cape White Blend takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that we made for our eldest daughter out of old oak barrel staves.
There’s a lot going on aromatically in this wine. The initial orange blossom, peach and burnt sugar aromas give way to more exotic wax, rosemary, caraway and sea-shore notes. It is layered and complex, and evolves beautifully in the glass.
The palate is fine, structured and rich with flavours of quince and tea-leaf that settle into a long finish
Skin Contact Semillion
The colour of the wine is unusual, having taken some bright copper and bronze tones from its time on skins.
The nose is striking, with a briney, oyster-bed note coming out under subtle red fruit, licorice and white pepper notes. The interplay between savoury and sweet is a key point of interest in Tin Soldier, and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. The palate is finely structured, with fresh acidity and full flavours of strawberry leaf, sweet herbs and pink peppercorn. It is dry and delicate, while at the same time showing a core of richness and depth.
Christian Eedes schreef:
A first peek at the 2014 vintage of the Cape white blend that is Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse. A blend of 35% Chenin Blanc (Bottelary and Swartland), 28% Roussanne (Voor Paardeberg), 22% Semillon (Franschhoek), 14% Chardonnay and 1% Viognier (both Overberg), it was matured in old oak for some 10 months.
The nose is extraordinarily complex – lime, peach, red apple, dried herbs, some pleasant oxidative character and even liquorice! Fantastic fruit concentration – really succulent – and lip-smacking acidity before a wonderfully long finish – dry, pithy, even bitter (it takes courage to leave that kind of detail in rather than polish out). Rendered with care and imagination and I believe a small step up on the 2013, which itself was a knock-out wine. To be released in May.