Rocking Horse is our cornerstone wine and takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that we made for our daughters out of old oak barrel staves. The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. The aromas are of lime leaf, white peach, exotic woods, and rosemary. In the mouth, the wine starts broad and rich, resolving into a keen line acidity supported by a gentle tannin.
Rocking Horse 2016 – Nuts and bolts
Semillon blanc – 27% Franschhoek – 33 years old on alluvial soils
Chardonnay – 25% Overberg 25 years old – shale soils
Roussanne – 20% Voor Paardeberg – 11 years old – clay/decomposed granite
Clairette blanche – 17% Stellenbosch 33 years old – decomposed granite soil
Chenin blanc – 9% Bottelary 35 years old – decomposed granite soil
Viura – 2% Voor Paardeberg – 4 years old – alluvial soil
Score Platter’s 94/100
2016 sextet reflects ripeness (just 13% alcohol), texture with earthy, orange/citrus subtleties. A pithy tension enlivens gentle silkiness, lengthens flavours. Semillon, chardonnay, roussanne with clairette, drops chenin & viura forge harmonious whole.
Wine Safari Score: 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Semillon, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Clairette Blanche, Chenin Blanc, and Viura Blend. Creamy, complex and such interwoven intrigue. Flavours melt into one another. Fabulously complex, harmonious effort. (£24.99)