We’ve been enjoying this rock star wine for a few years now. The first vintage was 2013 and then already people started talking about John Seccombe and the elegant wines he is crafting. Only 5 vintages later and John already received a Platter’s Guide 5 star award for this 2017 vintage and the best part is that it was chosen as the Best White Blend.
The wine is composed from a number of carefully selected vineyard sites in the Western Cape. The aromas are of lime leaf, white peach, exotic woods, and sweet dried herbs. In the mouth, the wine starts broad and rich, resolving into a keen line of acidity supported by a gentle tannin with flavours of burnt sugar, orange flower and rooibos leaf.
Roussanne – 23% Stellenbosch – 10 years old – decomposed granite
Chenin blanc – 22% Paardeberg 38 years old – decomposed granite
Semillon blanc – 21% Franschhoek – 35 years old – alluvial soils
Clairette blanche – 17% Stellenbosch 35 years old – decomposed granite
Chardonnay – 17% Stellenbosch 15 years old – decomposed granite
Rocking Horse is our cornerstone wine and takes its name from a wooden rocking horse that we made for our daughters out of old oak barrel staves. This is our signature wine and it is where all our work comes together to make our most complete wine.
2017 was a very dry vintage, but relatively cool, so despite the challenges of water stress, there was great quality to be found in our vineyards.
Our vineyard selection supports our vision to deliver a blended Cape White wine of depth, texture and subtlety. In sourcing Roussanne, Chardonnay, Semillon, Clairette Blanche and Chenin Blanc, we are looking for both heritage and young vineyards which all bring their own unique elements and ability to “speak” about the place in which they grow.
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