Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2020


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Winemaker John Seccombe has come a long way from driving delivery vans for a well-known chain of wine shops in Brighton, where he was studying viticulture & oenology at Plumpton College. One of the frontrunners in what's become known as the South African 'New Wave', the winery he set up in 2012 along with his wife Tasha has risen to become one of the country's most sought-after producers.

We've known John and Tasha for many years now and their wines are among those we always return to. Charting their development and growth has been a joy to behold.

The Rocking Horse is their longest-running perhaps their best-known wine. It's a wide-ranging 'Cape Blend', consisting of 35% Semillon from Franschhoek, 28% Roussanne from Stellenbosch and the Swartland, 16% Chardonnay from the Ceres Plateau, 15% Chenin Blanc from the Swartland and 6% Clairette Blanche from the Swartland. The vineyards range in age but are mostly 30-40 years old.

John and Tasha describe Rocking Horse as their "cornerstone" and "signature wine", and it takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that they made for their two daughters out of old oak wine barrel staves.

Given 95 points this year by Tim Atkin MW, who praised it for its "pear, citrus and stone fruit flavours that combine to perfection". It bears the hallmarks of all that is great about South African white wines in recent years as well as being almost unspeakably great value.