Silverthorn is one of the handful of South African producers that has successfully concentrated on making only Cap Classique sparkling wine. Méthode Cap Classique, or MCC for short, refers to the production method which is equivalent to the Champagne method.
Silverthorn is situated in Robertson, Western Cape, about 150 km west of Cape Town. Robertson with its slate soils is considered especially good Chardonnay territory. Silverthorn also grows Shiraz in addition to Chardonnay for making Genie. Skin contact is very brief which is why the colour is a very pale red.
The property gets its name from the Karoo acacias growing in South Africa, the branches of which have long, white spikes. Silverthorn’s owners, Karen and John Loubser, wanted to give the winery a name that represents South Africa and its unique environment.