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Thorne & Daughters ‘Wanderer’s Heart’ Cape Red 2018


Aromas of ripe purple figs, rosemary oil, and sandal wood. The wine is refined on the palate with soft, chalky tannins, which give way to a finish of red plums, juniper and cranberries. The wine is bright and keenly balanced, very pure in its fruit with a dusting of fine tanin to complete the picture.
Grenache noir – 34% Voor Paardeberg (6 years, clay soil), Paardeberg (13 years old, granite)
Cinsault – 26% Bottelary (46 years old, iron-rich red soils)
Grenache gris – 17% Wellington (4 years old, sandstone)
Mourvèdre – 13% Bot River (11 years old) – gravel/clay duplex soil
Syrah – 10% Bot River (11 years old) – shale
Alcohol – 12.89%; Residual sugar – 1.24 g/L; Total acidity – 5.39 g/L; pH 3.46

Christian Eedes: “A subtle and pretty nose of red fruit, rose and white pepper while the palate a little more substantial than previous vintages with lovely freshness and fine tannins.”

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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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