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Thorne & Daughters

Main in the Moon Clairette Blanche 2017

David T

@Delectable Thanks for adding this wine. However, it’s Man in the Moon, not Main. Please correct. Thanks.

Interesting story how this appointment came together. I reached out to Peter Allan from Crystallum for a visit. He was out of the country on a post harvest vacation and couldn’t meet. He did connect me to his good friend John Seccombe who makes Thorne and Daughters wines. John was nice enough to step in and present Peter’s Crystallum wines and John’s Thorne & Daughter wines that he makes at Gabrielskloof. This is where we met and my photos were taken. John also worked in some of the wines from Gabrielskloof. It ended up working out to be a very good three producer tasting.

As for the “Man in the Moon.” The nose reveals; touch of sour Lemonheads, apple, peach, lime, lighter tropical melons, very overripe pineapple, orange with peel, fruit blossoms, cream, a touch of vanilla, fresh greens, soft powdery chalkiness and grainy light intensity minerality.

The palate shows, slightly sour lemon, apple, peach, lime, lighter tropical melons, very overripe pineapple, orange with peel, fruit blossoms, cream, a touch of vanilla, fresh greens, very light powdery chalkiness, grainy soft intensity minerals, yellow flowers with very nice round acidity. The finish is well balanced, polished & easy to drink.

Photos of; the Gabrielskloof Cellar Door, the rocky and decomposed granite soils at Gabrielskloof, their tasting room and Estate vines.
— 10 days ago

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Try the latest Cabernet, jeb 💯
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Thanks! Will check it out 🍷