Thorne & Daughters 'Man in the Moon' Clairette, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2017

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Thorne & Daughters 'Man in the Moon' Clairette, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2017

24.00

This is a brand new label from Thorne & Daughters, a pure Clairette Blanc, which used to go into their signature white blend, the ‘Rocking Horse’, but was so good in the 2017 vintage that they decided to let it have a solo performance. It’s an aromatically complex, dry and textural white wine with notes of white talc, grapefruit, green tea, orange pith and white flowers. Half of the wine was made using ‘skin contact’ fermentation (1 week on the skins), while the remaining half was whole-bunch pressed directly to old barrels. It was bottled without fining or filtration. Fascinating, contemplative, innovative drinking! 12% alc,. Drink now-2022.


Press review:

Tim Atkin MW
: “This 1,200-bottle lot used to go into the Rocking Horse blend but was bottled separately in 2017. It’s a varietal Clairette Blanche - rare in the Cape - showing quince and fresh pastry flavours with a salty, almost umami like note. 2019-2025.” 94 points

Jancis Robinson: “Seccombe's Thorne & Daughters, Man in the Moon Clairette Blanche 2017 is as luminous as its inspiration, a discourse between perfume, earth and fruit. In the making, the grapes are whole-bunch pressed in an old Vaslin press. 'It's a very old press from France with a large metal screw in the middle of the cage and with two plates that move towards each other to press the grapes', explains Seccombe. 'It's a lot like an old basket press but much more efficient at getting juice out of white grapes. The juice then settles in a steel tank overnight, after which we rack the juice off its heavy solids and take it to old barrels where it undergoes a spontaneous fermentation. We also skin-ferment a portion of the Clairette Blanche and finish the fermentation in old barrels.'“

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