Thorne & Daughters Cat's Cradle Swartland Chenin Blanc 2021
Region: Swartland, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Chenin Blanc
This is a very pure and bright expression of Chenin Blanc. On the nose, aromas of white stone fruit combine with hints of almond, lemon thyme and wet stone. On the palate, the wine has a lovely creamy texture. Vibrant acidity balances the precise and concentrated flavours which endure on the lingering finish.
The Chenin Blanc grapes for the ‘Cat's Cradle’ are sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1979 in the ‘Langkloof’ (Long Valley) on Swartland’s Paardeberg mountain. The soils are composed of decomposed granite and the 40-year-old bush vines produce small yields of very concentrated fruit. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the grapes are harvested by hand.
Thorne & Daughters is widely acknowledged as one of the forerunners of the ‘New Wave’ wine movement in South Africa. Since 2013, John and Tasha Thorne-Seccombe have been producing innovative wines sourced from selected growers across the Western Cape.