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Thorne & Daughters ‘Snakes & Ladders’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022


“This is a Sauvignon Blanc for people who like old vine Chenins” quips John.

With a reckless disregard for traditional Sauvignon winemaking techniques, John and his team have produced a wine that is smooth and luscious with a touch of nougat and sweet herbs.

Christian Eedes, Winemag:
“Grapes from Citrusdal Mountain aka Skurfberg. Fermented in old oak. Peach, nectarine, blackcurrant, dried herbs and some smoky reduction on the nose while the palate is massively concentrated with driving, almost puckering acidity and an intensely savoury finish. No doubt this makes a big impression but nuance and restraint don’t really apply… 92/100.”

Nuts and bolts
Sauvignon blanc – Olifantsrivier – 24-27-year-old vineyards on sandy soils over clay
WO Olifantsrivier
Alcohol – 14.05%
Residual sugar – 2.20 g/L
Total acidity – 7.1 g/L
pH 3.22

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John has drawn on the great history of wine growing here in the Cape, putting together old vineyard parcels with new grape cultivars, and making wines with old-school simplicity and a modern ‘edge’. His approach to wine making is simple, honest and gentle, and he is looking to make wines that tell a story, not wines that shout and bang a drum. The “Wanderer’s Heart” Cape Red Blend was added to the range from the 2016 vintage.







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