2014 Thorne & Daughters "Rocking Horse" Western Cape White Blend

SKU #1216483 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Rocking Horse Cape White has a more introspective nose than the Zoetrope, a little more resinous and waxy, yellow flowers developing with aeration. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a little viscosity. It gently builds in the mouth with hints of fennel and sage towards the focused finish. This is one of those understated wines that only reveals its character with aeration in the glass. In a word...cerebral. (NM)  (9/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 37% Chenin Blanc from Bottelary (34 years old) and Swartland (20 years old) – granite soils. 28% Roussanne from Voor Paardeberg (9 years old) – clay/decomposed granite soils. 22% Semillon Blanc and Gris from Franschhoek (31 years old) – alluvial soils. 13% Chardonnay (23 years old) – clay/shale soils. Creamy, vanilla-scented spice. Cinnamon and clove too. Banana yoghurt fruit. Sophisticated, modern, well-blended. (RH)  (5/2016)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
A great new addition to our South African selections. This is a classic "Cape White," taking a mixture of varieties that flourish on the western cape of South Africa and blending them together to capture the true flavors of this wild, rugged place. Thorne & Daughter's winemakers John and Tasha Seccombe have sought out unique vineyard sites including old, dry farmed vines and subtly crafted them into a complex rendition of place and season.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.4