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 brought them back there to where they first met. "We are in love with the Cape, and we want to taste this air and this sunshine in our wines."
To produce their wines thy've drawn on the great history of wine growing in the Cape, putting together old vineyard parcels with new grape varieties, and making wines with old school simplicity and a modern ‘edge’. Their approach to wine making is simple, honest and gentle, and they are looking to make wines that tell a story, not wines that shout and bang a drum.
They spend a lot of time cooking and talking about wine, food, photography, building, and gardening. Their home and family are so important to us and they are constant sources of energy and inspiration that we take into the world. They are ridiculously passionate about what they do, and are so grateful to be able to make these wines and share their ideas.
Thorne & Daughters Cat's Cradle 2018
This is a very clear and bright expression of Chenin blanc, with ground almonds, frangipane flowers, and white peaches on the nose. The palate is poised and fresh with great concentration and “drive” from the vineyard.
Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc
Thorne & Daughters Tin Soldier 2018
Tin Soldier is a skin-fermented wine made from Semillon gris, which is almost unique to South Africa, and a vestige of a time when Semillon was the grape on which the South African wine industry was built. The colour of the wine is unusual, having taken some bright copper tones from about a week’s fermentation on skins. The nose is expressive with spice, sweet papaya, ginger, citrus peel and marzipan 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 citrus and light red fruits. It is dry and delicate, while at the same time showing a core of richness and depth.
Cultivar: 100% Sémillon Gris
Thorne & Daughters Paperkite 2018
Paper Kite is our expression of old vine South African Semillon, and it is sourced from a 54 year-old vineyard in Swartland. These old clones of Semillon (including a tiny amount of Semillon gris dotted about the vineyards) deliver an expression of Semillon that is very much at odds with the modern, aromatic clones. The wines they produce are hauntingly beautiful and difficult to define. The wine is rich, textured and complex, shows wonderful spice, floral and savoury tones, oat biscuits, sweet almond and green figs. The length of the wine is testament to the great age of the vines.
Cultivar: 100% Old Vine Sémillon & Sémillon Gris
Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2018
The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. The aromas are of yellow plum, kumquat, sweet bay leaf and crushed oyster shell. In the mouth, the wine starts broad and rich, resolving into a keen line of acidity supported by a gentle tannin.
Cultivar: 25% Roussanne, 22% Sémillon, 19% Chardonnay, 18% Clairette Blanche, 16% Chenin Blanc
Thorne & Daughters Wanderer's Heart 2018
The 2018 Wanderer’s Heart is our Cape Red – a wine that is built around the incredible vineyards found all over the Western Cape. Aromas of ripe purple figs, rosemary oil, and sandal wood. The wine is poised on the palate with soft, chalky tannins, which give way to a finish of red plums, juniper and cranberries. The wine is bright and keenly balanced, very pure in its fruit with a dusting of fine tanin to complete the picture.
Cultivar: 34% Grenache Noir, 26% Cinsaut, 17% Grenache Gris, 13% Mourvédre, 10% Syrah
Thorne & Daughters Copper Pot 2018
The wine shows aromas of bright red fruits and dried naartjie zest, with underlying herbal and cinnamon bark tones. In the mouth it is finely balanced showing good acidity and fine tannins, these being balanced out by generous red fruit and citrus zest. The finish is satisfyingly dry with a touch of spice and earthiness.
Cultivar: 100% Pinot Noir