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 ‘Wanderer’s Heart’ is made from a blend of grapes from carefully selected growers across the Western Cape. The Grenache is sourced from dry farmed vineyards on the Paardeberg mountain in the Swartland which has a combination of clay and granite soils. The Mourvèdre is the fruit of 12-year-old vines planted on clay/gravel soils in Bot River. The Syrah also comes from Bot River from 12-year-old vines planted on shale. The vineyards are all farmed sustainably and harvesting is done by hand.
The 2019 vintage, like 2018, was characterised by warm and dry conditions with the Cape drought still very much in force. The challenge was to pick the grapes early enough to retain good levels of natural acidity combined with sufficient fruit and tannin ripeness. John and Tasha monitored the ripeness levels of the grapes assiduously in the run up to harvest to ensure that they were picked at the perfect moment with the ideal balance between these components.
Around 60% of the grapes went into the open top fermenting vats as whole bunches, the remaining grapes were destemmed and placed on top of the whole bunches. During fermentation the cap was punched down around twice per day. The wine underwent a period of post-fermentation maceration to round out the structure before being pressed off the skins in an old basket press. The wine was then transferred to old oak barrels where it was aged for around nine months. No sulphur additions were made until just before bottling.
Bright ruby in colour. On the nose, well-defined aromas of black cherry, blackberry and ruby grapefruit combine with spicy notes of cinnamon and cedar. On the palate, the wine is poised with soft, chalky tannins and a vibrant acidity which carries the pure fruit flavours onto the lingering finish.
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian