South Africa, South-Africa
7 bottles only, was £11.95 BIN END PRICE £5.00inc
The Seven Springs Vineyard is a premium winery, situated on the R320 Hemel en Aarde Valley road, between the seaside town of Hermanus and the Spa Town of Caledon, in the picturesque Western Cape, South Africa. The vineyard nestles between Shaws Mountain to the north and the Teslaarsdal Mountain Range to the south, with Walker Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond these mountains. It is this oceanic influence, coupled with our shale derived soils, known locally as Bokkeveld Shale, which gives our vines the potential to produce exceptional grapes from both north and south facing vineyards. Noble varieties, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir, have been planted to express the full potential of each cultivar.
Produced with no exposure to oak barrels, allowing full expression of the fruit from very young vines. It has a truly tropical perfume and personifies summer in a wine glass with aromas of pineapple and passion fruit. On the palate it is rich and textured with a lingering minerality balanced with beautiful fruit flavours.
Seven Springs, South Africa by Tom Cannavan, July 2014
It's a couple of years since I last reported on the wines of Seven Springs vineyard from South Africa, the project of British husband and wife team, Tim and Vaughan Pearson. Since buying the land in 2006, the Seven Springs team has made great progress. Though immediately impressive, the wines have been improving steadily under young winemaker Riana van der Merwe and vineyard manager Peter Davison. Tim let me know how delighted he was that the wines had picked up Bronze medals in the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (for their two Chardonnays) and a Gold medal for their Syrah.
It is an impressive portfolio of wines without a doubt, each well-made but also very nicely pitched between savoury, serious and food-friendly character and very vivid and highly drinkable varietal expressions. The Seven Springs vineyard is in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, between the towns of Hermanus and Caledon, with ocean influence and the typical 'Bokkeveld' shale soils of the region. "When we think of how much progress we have made since buying the land in 2006 we have to pinch ourselves," says Tim. "It is the effort, skills and hard work of Riana and Peter that have made this happen. Having a vision is one thing, taking a risk another, but without the abilities of everyone involved none of this would be possible."
Seven Springs Vineyard, Unoaked Chardonnay 2012, South Africa
This wine vied with others in the Seven Springs portfolio as my most enjoyable. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, it is its ripeness and lees contact that gives such a lovely aroma: crushed almond melds with lemon-meringue pie, all sorts of luscious hints, but with a core of steely precision. On the palate it is full-textured and weighty, with fat lemon and lime fruit and fruit-skin tang, lots of those waxy peel notes and lovely length and concentration. Hints of spices and honeyed sweetness play against savoury and decisive, dry acidity in the finish. 91/100.
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ABV 13% by volume 75cl glass bottle
PER BOTTLE £5.00 (inc VAT)