2016 Paper Kite Semillon, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape

There's only a tiny amount this year, and that's thanks to John tapping into a few new vineyards. This Semillon is taut and impressive, with a smoky character and a waxy finish. Impressive.

Critic score
96/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
3 available
£49.34

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Grape
    Semillon
    Semillon Gris
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13%
2016 Paper Kite Semillon, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape

TASTING NOTES

John Seccombe’s world class Semillon comes from two vineyards: La Colline in Franschhoek and a 53-year-old block in the Swartland. Honeysuckle and beeswax aromas segue into a textured, spicy, leesy palate sustained by acidity. The oak is the faintest whisper here.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (October 2017)
96/100
Thorne & Daughters

John Seccombe founded Thorne & Daughters with his wife Tasha in 2012. They returned to South Africa after John trained as a winemaker at Surrey’s Plumpton College. During his time in England he paid the bills by working as a driver for Majestic Wine, where he was managed by none other than our own Will Hepworth! John once shared a winery with Chris Alheit and Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, and his reputation as the nicest man in the South African wine trade has granted him an impeccable network of contacts for sourcing grapes.

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