100% sémillon gris from a six-year-old vineyard, established from cuttings taken from an adjacent vineyard of sémillon, which was planted in 1964. 70% of the fruit was skin fermented for 10 days and 30% was whole-bunch pressed. Interestingly, all of the names in the Thorne & Daughters range come from archetypal children’s toys. The Tin Soldier is a reference to sémillon’s status as the old foot soldier of the South African wine industry. Heady jasmine tea and rose petal freshness abound on the perfumed nose; this floral cascade is underscored by chalky, saline oyster shell and subtle dried thyme. Ripe dessert peaches, tart apricot and crunchy red apple evolve on the palate. Offering fine-boned structure and phenolic grip, it lies on the palate like a red wine with some textural grape tannin from the skin contact, while a pithy, tingling acidity leads to a honeyed finish.