Paper Kite` Swartland Semillon Blanc, Thorne & Daughters, South Africa, 2019
The ‘Tin Soldier’ is deep copper in colour due to the partial skin fermentation. On the nose intense aromas of citrus peel and papaya combine with notes of spice, ginger, marzipan and buttered toast. The interplay between sweet and savoury aromas is a key point of interest in the ‘Tin Soldier’ and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. The palate is finely structured, with fresh acidity and full flavours of citrus, gooseberry and sesame seeds. It is dry and delicate, while at the same time showing a core of richness and depth.
The Semillon grapes for the ‘Paper Kite’ are sourced from a single vineyard in the “Siebritskloof” (Siebret's Valley) on Swartland’s Paardeberg mountain. The 56-year-old, low-yielding bush vines are planted on alluvial granite soil. These old clones deliver a unique expression of Semillon which is very different to that of modern-day clones. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the grapes are harvested by hand