2018 Tin Soldier Semillon, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape

Just 2,500 bottles made from Semillon gris, with some skin contact. Lovely nose, so floral and pure, with clementines and spice. Lovely vibrancy, with notes of tea and spearmint. So complex and long, so much salinity on the finish, and just a hint of ginger. Wonderful.

Critic score
94.5/100
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Bottle
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£26.68
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£160.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2020 - 2029
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12.5%
2018 Tin Soldier Semillon, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape

TASTING NOTES

Tin Soldier comes from the Schreiber family's vineyard on the Paardeberg and is entirely made with rare Semillon Gris. Just over two-thirds of the wine spends ten days on skins, producing a white with a bronze pink colour that's complex, challenging and a little tannic with pastry, quince and orange marmalade notes and tangy minerality.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
94/100

Paper Kite hails from a 1963 vineyard on the Paardeberg and is an unequal marriage of Semillon and 6% Semillon Gris. There's no skin contact here, but John Seccombe says he was "looking for a bit of austerity" in the wine. Stony, leesy and focused, it has subtle struck match reduction, lanolin and beeswax characters and some granitic grip.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
95/100

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