John Thorne Seccombe and wife Tasha are part of the Zoo Biscuits marketing collective, a huge hit at the most recent Cape Wine show. Several members, including the Seccombes, also craft their wines in the Gabriëlskloof cellar, which John describes as ‘working really well, with a great synchronicity between us’. The Seccombes’ toy-themed range is strong on individual personality, much due to the wine being conceptualised prior to seeking out specific vineyard parcels. Critical acclaim locally and, increasingly, internationally has followed. Semillon is set to become yet more important in the portfolio: old, previously neglected Franschhoek vines, nurtured by John the past few years, should yield a crop in 2017.
Refined 2015 ex centenarian Franschhoek vines. Effortless ease from its quiet yet insinuating lemon verbena scents, silky textural flow to firm, dry & endless conclusion. Natural ferment, 9 months lees-ageing in old oak complexing extras, as on all 3 wines. Long life ahead.
The whole greater than sum of its parts in 2015 () roussanne-led 5-way, multi-regional union. Precision & freshness highlight multi-layered aromas: white hedgerow flowers, citrus & almonds; & texture: graceful silkiness with firm conclusion. Intriguing future, like 2014.