Thorne & Daughters, Rocking Horse Cape White Blend, 2021
Region: Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 32% Roussanne 29% Semillon 19% Chardonnay 16% Chenin Blanc
A layered and complex nose with aromas of kiwi fruit, mace, apple skin and yellow flowers. The palate is tight and rounded with a honeyed texture and a long, almost saline finish.
The grapes for the Rocking Horse were sourced from a number of very carefully selected growers around the Western Cape. The Roussanne and the Chardonnay come from younger trellised vines, with an average age of 14 years planted in Stellenbosch and Paardeberg mountain on a combination of clay and decomposed granite. Semillon Blanc from Franschhoek, Clairette Blanche from Stellenbosch and Chenin Blanc from Paardeberg add depth and textural complexity to this Cape white blend as they are sourced from old, low-yielding bush vines estimated to be approximately 40 years old.
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.