If we go back 100 years, Semillon was responsible for probably 95% of the wine made in South Africa. The name Tin Soldier is a homage to that - Semillon being the old foot soldier of the South African wine industry. Fermented on skins to extract a little tannin and the beautiful copper colour, the nose is expressive with spice, sweet papaya, ginger, citrus peel and marzipan notes. The interplay between savoury and sweet is a key point of interest in Tin Soldier, and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. The wine shows aromas of orange blossom, tomato leaf and ginger biscuits. The palate is rich, textured and long with notes of lime peel and toffee apple. It's a baby now, but will develop extremely well over the coming years.
This small but almost 'cult' winery is producing some stunning low intervention wines. Based in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa, John and Tasha Seccombe have been making wine since 2012. Their ethos is to produce simple, honest and gentle wines that tell a story of the Cape of Good Hope. We've followed them since the very first vintages.
FROM THE PRESS
“The 2020 Tin Soldier is Seccombe's hand-picked selection of red-colored Sémillon grapes crushed in open vats and given a short extraction. This has a very distinctive, satisfying bouquet of citrus peel, stem ginger, black currant leaf and peach skin, all beautifully defined. The palate is well balanced with a very saline entry, real saltiness on the front palate and plenty of lime and orange zest notes. Hints of nougat emerge toward the finish, which lingers in the mouth. This is a cerebral Sémillon that should age supremely well in bottle. Drink 2022-2038. 93 points.”Neal Martin, Vinous