Thorne & Daughters, 'Cat's Cradle' Chenin Blanc 2020



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A very clear and bright expression of Chenin Blanc from 40-year-old bush vines on Swartland’s Paardeberg mountain.

It has aromas of poached pear, quince and lemon thyme and in the mouth the texture is fine bright acidity and wet stone notes. This is a wine that will reward some time in the cellar to allow its full aromatic expression to develop.

Why we love it: This Cat’s Cradle is much more enjoyable than fiddling with string!
Drink with: Shellfish

Medium Bodied


Medium Dry


South Africa

Western Cape
Blend Info.
100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.
4 - 8°
Agglomerated Cork
Now - 2025


Thorne & Daughters is widely acknowledged to be one of the forerunners of the ‘New Wave’ wine movements in South Africa. Since 2013, John and Tasha Thorne-Seccombe have been producing innovative wines sourced from selected growers right across the Western Cape. In the early 2000’s, winemaking took the couple around the world, and they spent a few years in the UK, where John studied viticulture.

Back in South Africa, a happy encounter with two similar trailblazing young winemakers, Chris Alheit and Peter-Allan Finlayson, helped to lay the foundations for the first vintage of Thorne & Daughters. John and Tasha shared a small cellar with Chris and Peter-Allan, until they later moved to rented cellar space at Gabriëlskloof, where the wines are made today.

Thorne & Daughters is mainly focused on producing Cape white blends, from grapes sourced from 15 different growers in Bot River, Stellenbosch, Voor Paardeberg, Swartland, Citrusdal, Franschhoek and Overberg.

John and Tasha did not want to be limited geographically, so the net was cast wide and has been driven by “a happy synergy of people, place, soil and vines”. As John puts it, he aims to look for vineyards which combine these four elements and then tries to do the vineyard justice in the cellar. Each relationship is unique but, where possible, they apply the ‘lutte raisonnée’ approach to farming, working closely with growers to help eradicate the use of chemical herbicides and fungicides, and to build “thriving” soil health.

For more information on Thorne & Daughters and their wines, visit their website.


Wellington, stepped in history and tradition, has a magical atmosphere that will captivate you once you discover the town, its people and of course the wineries. There have been vineyards since 1906 when, inspired by the well-balanced Mediterranean climate, members of the Cape Colony invested significant amounts of money into kickstarting South African wine.

But, it wasn’t until the 1940s that Wellington wines really began to take off. Buoyed by the clement weather and the fertile soil, the collective grew different strain of grape – from Shiraz/Syrah to Cabernet, Pinotage and Viognier.

In the last couple of years, Wellington has received an impressive array of accolades for their wines, locally and abroad. The majority of South Africa’s vine cutting nurseries are found in the area, which is due to the excellent soil and climate of the region.


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