Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite 2015

June 14, 2016
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment

John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters seems to have a particularly refined aesthetic when it comes to winemaking and its thrilling to watch it gain greater elucidation with each passing vintage. Tasting notes and ratings for his new releases as follows:

Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2015
Wine Cellar price: R220
33% Roussanne, 23% Semillon, 18% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 6% Clairette sourced from various sites around the Western Cape. An unadulterated grape-like quality to the nose and palate. Also subtle notes of dried herbs, lime, lemon and stone fruit. Appears lighter and more delicate than the stellar 2014 but is unquestionably a seamless wine with real zip. So primary now, it should not be broached for at least 12 months.

#WinemagRating: 93/100.

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Thorne & Daughters Tin Soldier 2015
Approximate retail price: R260
Semillon and Semillon Gris from both a Franschhoek and a Swartland vineyard. Skin fermented, maturation in older oak lasting nine months. Aromas and flavours of orange, yellow peach and red apple plus spice, earth and a little marzipan. Rich and broad with a savoury finish. Has a definite oxidative edge to it.

#WinemagRating: 92/100.

Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite 2015

Swoon worthy.

Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite 2015
Approximate retail price: R260
Two tons of old-vine Semillon from Landau du Val in Franschhoek has resulted in 1 700 bottles of one of the most captivating modern SA white wines yet. Basket pressed, fermented and matured for nine months in older oak. Lemon, white peach, herbs and spice on the nose. The initial impression is one of startling fruit purity and a fantastic line of acidity but this is in fact a super-complex and quite haunting wine, revealing more nuance the more time you spend with it. Just about perfectly realised.

#Winemagrating: 96/100.

Thorne & Daughters six-bottle mixed-case also available.

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  1. KwispedoorJune 14, 2016 at 9:32 amReply

    I just love these wines. In my experience, proper Semillon only shows its real colours when it’s mature. It really “holds back” quite a bit when young. I agree that these wines are superbly refined, but even though they don’t shout at you from the glass, they are already expressive in a way – and really complex for such young wines. I think amplified pleasure lies in wait, provided these beauties are cellared properly. That Paper Kite is going to be a true unicorn wine…

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