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Snakes & Ladders Sauvignon Blanc , Thorne & Daughters 2019

£31.00 GBP

Thorne & Daughters was established in 2013 by John and Tasha Seccombe. They are very much part of the new wave of South Africa, they make a range of wines but specialise in white blends. They work with many parcels of vines from a trusted network vine growers.

This Sauvignon Blanc is made from a small parcel of fruit high up on the Skurfberg Mountain. This was another drought dominated vintage, so the fruit was ripe, and the high altitude helped keep the acidity in check. This is a rich Sauvignon Blanc, it's fermented in an oxidative way in oak, and aged in old oak barrels for ten months, on its lees.

It's a memorable Sauvignon Blanc, it has grassy and blackcurrant aromas, with hints of smoke. The palate is powerful and rich, with good acidity. It has a long finish, and layers of flavour. 

It is mentioned as a White Wine Discovery in the South Africa 2020 Special Report by Tim Atkin, which is a good read.