Thorne & Daughters was started in 2013 by John and Tasha Seccombe with the aim of producing authentic wines from the Western Cape. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the forerunners of the ‘New Wave’ wine movement in South Africa. Thorne & Daughters is mainly focused on producing Cape white blends, from 15 different growers in Bot River, Stellenbosch, Voor Paardeberg, Swartland, Citrusdal, Franschhoek and Overberg. Fruit sourcing has relied on a network of close winemaking friends and knocking on doors to gather the various parcels with which they work. John and Tasha did not want to be limited geographically, so the net was cast wide and has been driven by “a happy synergy of people, place, soil and vines”.
The fruit for the 'Copper Pot' Pinot Noir is sourced from numerous sites in the Overberg region, most of which are just outside the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. This area is destined to become a new ward called “Shaw's Mountain” and the soils here are predominantly clay-shale. The fertile soils and cool growing conditions of this area produce wines with good acidity and fragrance. A small amount of fruit is also sourced from a vineyard in Elgin, where the soils are clay, and from an organically-farmed site on decomposed granite soils in the Bottelary Hills near Stellenbosch. All the vineyards are trellised and spur-pruned.
The 2019 vintage, like 2018, was characterised by warm and dry conditions with the Cape drought still very much in force. Yields were relatively low but healthy and with excellent concentration of flavour. The grapes were harvested slightly earlier than usual, starting on February 4th with the Bottelary site and finished on February 16th with the last Shaw's Mountain site.
The grapes were fermented in small open-top fermenters with between 30-50% kept whole-bunch. The fermenters had gentle punch-downs twice daily until fermentation had finished, when they underwent a two to three week extraction before pressing. The wine was then matured in a mix of old French oak barrels for nine months prior to blending and bottling.
The nose has notes of bright pomegranate, hibiscus and redcurrants with some underlying juniper and cedar tones. The palate is juicy and lively, showing an integrated acidity and fine tannins with generous red fruit flavours. Zesty citrus, nutmeg and earthy tones come through on the dry finish.
|Grape Varieties||100% Pinot Noir