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2017
Thorne & Daughters
'Rocking Horse'
Cape White Blend
Western Cape

2017
Thorne & Daughters
'Rocking Horse'
Cape White Blend
Western Cape

Rocking Horse is the cornerstone wine blend and takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that John and Tasha made for their daughters out of old oak barrel staves. It is the perfect example of wholeness and totality in a wine. The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. Roussanne is the primary component and comes from the granitic hills of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Nearly equal parts of Chenin Blanc and Semillon come from the Paardeberg hill of Swartland and Franschoek respecitvely. Finishing up the blend are an equal splash of old vine Clairette Blanche from a hill in Stellenbosch and Chardonnay from the cooler Faure region of Stellenbosch.

The grapes were handpicked and fermented separately without inoculation in barrel. A bit of skin contact was employed on the Semillon and Clairette for intensity of flavor and aroma and all the ferments were on full solids. After nine months the wines are racked to a blending tank to settle where they are bottled with a small addition of sulfur.

It has a knockout bouquet of well-defined citrus peel, orange blossom, nutmeg and light peppery scents. The palate is well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity and quite saline in the mouth, and displays lovely viscosity toward a finish that feels full of tension. In a word: rocking.

  • Region: Western Cape
  • Varietal: 23% Roussanne – 22% Chenin Blanc - 21% Semillon Blanc – 17% Clairette Blanche –17% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Various Single Sites: Roussanne, Clairette, Chardonnay (Stellenbosch) - Semillon Blanc (Franschoek) - Chenin Blanc (Swartland)
  • Vine Age: Varied: Roussanne (10 years) - Chenin Blanc (38 years) - Semillon Blanc (35 years) - Clairette Blanche (35 years) - Chardonnay (15 years)
  • Soil Type: Decomposed Granite (Stellenbosch & Swartland) - Alluvial (Franchoek)
  • TA: 5.8 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.39
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Production: 1,100 cases
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Thorne and Daughters Wines was started in 2012 by John and Tasha Seccombe to produce authentic wines in the beautiful Western Cape where they have made their home.  It has been a long journey that has taken them around the world and back to where they first met.  The couple shares a mutual love for the Cape, and they want to taste its air and sunshine in their wines. Learn More »

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