John Seccombe and co-owner and wife Tasha founded Thorne & Daughters winery just over ten years ago. They chose ‘Thorne’ to label the winery because it is John’s middle name, linked to the family for some four centuries, and the theme of childhood play for the names of the wines, suggestive of the sense of purity in their flavours and the lack of artifice in their making. This happens in the Gabriëlskloof cellar in the Overberg, using grapes from sites across the winelands and a ‘simple, honest and gentle’ approach, the goal being ‘putting together old vineyard parcels with new grape varieties, and making wines with old-school simplicity and a modern edge, that tell a story of the Cape of Good Hope’.
Rocking Horse is their cornerstone wine and takes its name from a wooden rocking horse they made for their daughters out of old oak barrel staves. This is their signature wine and it is where all their work comes together to make their most complete wine.