Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2017 (fles)


1 fles.

Prachtige complexe witte blend.


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 2017 – Nuts and bolts

Roussanne – 23% Stellenbosch – 10 years old – decomposed granite
Chenin blanc – 22% Paardeberg 38 years old – decomposed granite
Semillon blanc – 21% Franschhoek – 35 years old – alluvial soils
Clairette blanc – 17% Stellenbosch 35 years old – decomposed granite soil
Chardonnay – 17% Stellenbosch – 15 years old – decomposed granite

‘The 2017 Rocking Horse is a blend of five grape varieties that was matured in used oak. It has a knockout bouquet of well-defined citrus peel, orange blossom, nutmeg and light peppery scents. The palate is well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity and quite saline in the mouth, and displays lovely viscosity toward a finish that feels full of tension. In a word: rocking.’ – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

‘23% Roussanne, 22% Chenin Blanc, 21% Sémillon, 17% Clairette Blanche and 17% Chardonnay sourced from across the Western Cape. The nose shows white and yellow fruit, dried herbs, spice and a little earthiness. The palate has a little extra padding than Secommbe’s other 2017s (alcohol is 13.5%) but this is very much in its favour – it’s flavour-packed and quite luscious without being ingratiating. The overall impression is one of rich but very well balanced wine – powerful, precise and persistent.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100

Score Tim Atkin

“As big as 2015, but more refined,” is how John Seccombe describes the 2017 vintage of this five-way blend of Roussanne, Chenin, Semillon, Chardonnay and Clairette Blanche. Seamlessly complex, with tangerine, citrus and considerable underlying depth. 2019-25.’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 96/100 


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