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Thorne & Daughters Wanderer’s Heart Red Blend

$33.00

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Vintage: 2021
Region: Western Cape, South Africa
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 46% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 4% Carignan

Thorne & Daughters Wanderer’s Heart Red Blend shows aromas of red cherries, violets, and cinnamon on the nose with a faint hint of cassia bark. The wine is focused, with mulberries, black olive flesh, and cedar wood on the nose. The tannins are supple and integrated into a fresh palate of cranberries and woody spices.

Song: Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry

BODY

Full-bodied

ACIDITY

Fresh (Medium)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Strong

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Room Temperature (63°–67°)

SULFUR

Sulfur Added (more than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Vine Street Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Thorne & Daughters Wanderer’s Heart Red Blend

Thorne & Daughters Wanderer’s Heart Red Blend is a wine that features many of the best sites around the Western Cape of South Africa. Not being held to a
singular place, it shines as layers of soils, grapes, and climates meld. Each site is hand-picked and fermented separately. The grapes were fermented 50-100% whole cluster depending on site and fruit condition. After 40-45 days on skins, the grapes were pressed into barrels. Post malolactic fermentation, the blends were trialed and finalized and then racked back into the barrels. After nine months, the wine was racked into a stainless steel tank to be bottled without fining and with a gentle cross-flow filtration and a small addition of sulfur. Aromas of red cherries, violets, and cinnamon on the nose with a faint hint of cassia bark. The wine is focused, with mulberries, black olive flesh, and cedar wood on the nose. The tannins are supple and integrated into a fresh palate of cranberries and woody spices.

In the middle of 2016, John & Tasha commissioned a writer friend to write a series of short children’s stories about growing up on the Cape, and used those stories as the inspiration for the names of the red wines. This blend showcases the diversity across the Cape and after two vintages as a pure GSM blend, 2021 saw the introduction of a very small portion of Carignan. John makes the call for when to pick mostly on acidity, and this wine highlights that, with plenty of freshness and vitality. Over the past few years, he has slowly dialed up the Syrah component in this wine to take advantage of these wonderful dark, peppery wines that complement the other components so well. Grenache expresses place so well and delivers gritty tannins, Mourvèdre produces wild and idiosyncratic wines with a gentle generosity, and this year, Carignan adds craggy tannins and an ever-so-slight umami note.

About Thorne & Daughters

Thorne and Daughters Wines was started in 2012 by John and Tasha Seccombe to produce authentic wines in the beautiful Western Cape where they have made their home. It has been a long journey that has taken them around the world and back to where they first met. The couple shares a mutual love for the Cape, and they want to taste its air and sunshine in their wines. To produce their wines, John and Tasha have drawn on the great history of wine growing in the Cape, putting together old vineyard parcels with new grape varieties and making wines with old-school simplicity and modern edge. Their approach to winemaking is simple and gentle, intending to make wines that tell a story, not wines that shout and bang a drum. The project was always focused primarily on white wines, with which John has a magical touch.

Winemaking is sensitive and pretty natural, and where necessary he’ll do a bit of skin contact. “For me, Clairette and Semillon have the right soft tannins that work well with skin fermentation,” he says. But the key is good vineyard sources. The main wine is Rocking Horse, which is now around 1,000 cases a year, and the other lines are 100-350 cases. “As we find vineyards that we can work with we open up new ideas,” says John. Many of those new ideas are coming to fruition already with a second label Pinot Noir called Copper Pot, a red blend called Wanderer’s Heart, and now a Sauvignon Blanc from a truly extreme vineyard in the Skurfberg.

There may not be a more thoughtful and precise winemaker than John. His ability to dial in a consistent profile across his range, while reflecting the site and grape variety using native yeasts for everything is truly special. There is a soulful bliss in the Thorne & Daughters wines that shows in the range of whites with outstanding texture melding with perfect acidity.