Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape

Blending old vine parcels with new grape varieties, John ‘Thorne’ Seccombe and his wife Tasha make wines inspired by their two young daughters. The Rocking Horse is a Cape White Blend, which takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that John and Tasha made for their eldest daughter out of old oak barrel staves. Using Roussanne as the main variety, instead of the traditional Chenin Blanc, and incorporating Chardonnay and Semillon, The Rocking Horse is layered and complex, evolving beautifully in the glass. 

Wines by Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape

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Rocking Horse
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Cheese Match
Picodon (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Saint Nectaire (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Banon (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk)
Food Match
Roast Chicken; Seafood Risotto; Sea Trout with Runner Beans and Girolles; Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Fritters; Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce; Steamed Lobster with Herb Butter

“Nutty and acacia blossom. Crumpled-tissue-paper-fine texture. Pears and white peach but not much fruit sweetness. A delicate skein of wild-grass spiciness and fennel tea leaf with an underbelly of vanilla cream. Neat finish.” [2015] Tamlyn Currin, Purple Pages of

Rocking Horse
Vintage: 2014
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Colour: White
Grape: 37% Chenin Blanc, 28% Roussanne, 22% Sémillon, 13% Chardonnay
Size: 75cl

Thorne & Daughters' Rocking Horse is layered and complex, evolving beautifully in the glass. Orange blossom, white peach and caramel aromas give way to lanolin, rosemary, caraway seed and oyster shell notes. There is a delicious saline minerality on the palate with flavours of quince and tea leaf lingering on the finish.  

Price: £22.00 per bottle
Price includes VAT
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