Thorne & Daughters Cat’s Cradle Chenin 2017


Ben’s notes – From one of the new wave wine makers who are pushing SA Wines forward. John focuses on purity of flavour, terroir and uncompromising quality. With his white blend winning best in the Cape, it shows how good the components were to give it it’s own single varietal bottling.  Lovely gentle mineral notes, white fruit, with hints of hay, fennel and nuts. Fresh acidity on the finish.

“The 2017 vintage saw the Western Cape very much in the grip of a long drought. As a result there was with very little moisture reserves in the soils. The Paardeberg, in particular, is challenging in the best of years. We had to pay a lot of attention to ensure that we could harvest ripe, healthy grapes with sufficient acidity. Our key focus during harvest is picking times.”

“If we pick grapes at the right time, we can achieve tension and ripeness in the wine without the need to ‘dress-up’ the wines. Chenin blanc on granite is something that we have worked with all the years that we have been making our Thorne and Daughters wines. The delicacy and concentration of the Langkloof Chenin blanc in 2017 made for a very compelling wine. We felt that it really deserved its own bottling.”

“As with all of our wines, the winemaking is incredibly simple. We have no desire to stand between the vineyard and its expression as a wine in the glass. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed in an old basket press and there are no additions of sulphur dioxide made on the juice. A rough settling follows pressing after which the wines undergo natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in old oak barrels. We add sorne sulphur dioxide late in the winter, and then again at bottling, keeping the level of sulphur dioxide as low as possible.” John Seccombe

Harvest Date March 2015
Alcohol 13.0%
Total Acidity 6.7 g/l
Residual Sugar 3.86 g/l
Bottling Date February 2016

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