Young Guns and New Wave Producers

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  • Thorne & Daughters; Paper Kite; 2018; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 500 - 5 000
Location
Wine Storage
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About this Item

Paper Kite, 2018
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Thorne & Daughters Wines was started in 2012 by John and Tasha Seccombe with the aim to produce authentic wines in the beautiful Western Cape. John works with grapes from all over the Cape and seems to have a particularly refined aesthetic when it comes to winemaking. His Thorne and Daughters family concern is truly pushing the boundaries with old vines and simple, natural winemaking.

Paper Kite is an expression of old vine South African Semillon, and it is sourced from a 54 year-old vineyard in Swartland. These old clones of Semillon (including a tiny amount of Semillon gris dotted about the vineyards) deliver an expression of Semillon that is very much at odds with the modern, aromatic clones. The wines they produce are hauntingly beautiful and difficult to define.

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Critics Ratings

‘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. 2020-28’ - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 95/100

'Serene & gently assertive 2018 has great depth of fruit allied with savoury complexity. Smooth, even a touch oily. At 13.4%, the highest alcohol here - ripeness achieved with sufficient acidity for excellent balance.' - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2020, 4.5* (93/100)

‘From a 54-year-old Swartland Semillon and Semillon Gris vineyard. Subtle notes of lime, green melon and oatmeal on the nose. The palate is very much about mouthfeel rather than flavour – this wine being pleasantly smooth textured with coated acidity, the finish gently savoury. Moves languorously through the mouth.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100 (Jun 2019)

'The 2018 Paper Kite is Sémillon with 5% Sauvignon Gris, aged in used oak. The waxy bouquet shows touches of sea spray and dried orange peel that need a little more delineation. The medium-bodied palate has a waxy-textured opening, notes of dried honey and toffee apple, and a finish that needs to develop a little more freshness. Give it another year in bottle.' - Neal Martin, Vinous (Oct 2019)

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