The grapes are all sourced on contract from across the Western Cape, using Rosa Kruger as a conduit to finding some of the oldest and most interesting vines on offer. The blend changes every year and for the 2015 it was the Roussanne that took the lead role. The grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Overberg, Franschhoek, Voor-Paardeberg and Stellenbosch.
33% Roussanne, 23% Semillon, 20% Chardonnay, 18% Chenin Blanc and 6% Clairette Blance.
Grapes are whole bunch pressed with minimal intervention. The Clairette Blance is part fermented on the skins with regular punchdowns to gently extract tannins and flavour. Fermented in mixed volume old Burgundian oak barrels with further malolactic fermentation to soften the wines.
The Thorne & Daughters project started in 2012 with John Seccombe and wife Tasha taking inspiration from their two young daughters. Seccombe has a well traveled CV, including harvest work in the Alsace, Barossa, California, Languedoc and even a consultancy role at Ridgeview, an English Sparkling Wine producer. However, it was choosing to settle in his home country, where he and Tasha first met, with his new family that kick-started this current venture. The Rocking Horse is a flagship wine, named after a wooden rocking horse made for their daughters out of old oak barrels.
In the press
5 Stars- Platter's Wine Guide 2017
93 Points- Tim Atkin MW