This is only the second vintage from John "Thorne" Seccombe, and how excited we were to receive our shipment. Named for the rocking horse that he made for his daughter Imogen from old oak barrel staves, this is a staggeringly beautiful, age worthy white blend. He makes his wines just outside of Bot River at the Gabrielskloof estate, along with friends Chris and Suzaan Alheit, and Peter-Allan Finlayson. In a very short space of time, John has made quite the name for himself both in South Africa and overseas. We can't wait to see what he does next.
33% Roussanne, 23% Semillon, 18% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 6% Clairette, all fermented whole bunch, with some skin contact for the Clairette. Fermented in mixed volume old Burgundian oak barrels with further malolactic fermentation to soften the wines.
"Nutty and acacia blossom. Crumpled-tissue-paper-fine texture. Pears and white peach but not much fruit sweetness. A delicate skein of wild-grass spiciness and fennel tea leaf with an underbelly of vanilla cream. Neat finish. " Jancis Robinson
"A seamless wine with real zip" Christian Eedes Winemag ZA