Skilfully blended Xarello, Macabeu & Chardonnay grapes sourced from three distinct plots of vines on the Costers de l`Ordal. Fermented and lightly aged in stainless steel vats in order to retain as much fresh fruit character as possible. Wonderfully clean, fresh floral and citrus fruit aromas.
Vineyard: The vineyards are situated on the northern side of the island in the Orotava Valley, at an altitude of 500-550 metres. The grapes are sourced from the tiny El Ciruelo parcel (0.75ha). The vines are planted on their own roots in volcanic-sandy soil and the climate is humid sub-tropical. The parcel is named after a centenary plum tree, "ciruelo" in Spanish, planted side by side with the vines.
Viticulture: Viticulture is organic and the vines, more than 90 years old, are trained in the traditional local braided cordon system.
Winemaking: The whole bunches are picked manually and foot-trodden in a concrete tank without temperature control. The fermentation takes place spontaneously, carried out by local yeast, at nearly 30°C. After a maceration period of 28 to 35 days with daily and gentle manual pigeage, wine is raced to neutral 500 litre French oak casks in which malolactic fermentation takes place. After maturing for 12 months on its lees the wine is bottled unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Intense nose displaying aromas of black pepper, ripe dark cherries, blackberry and herbal notes. Very fresh in the mouth with a nervy acidic structure and a long finish.
Intense garnet red colour with violet hues. It displays varietal characteristics of Barbera. Very complex aroma and flavour of ripe blackberries, forest undergrowth, plums, liquorice, graphite. A rich, full body with an exceptionally long aftertaste and pleasing freshness.
Perfumed aromas of tropical fruit and candied orange peel. Spicy complexity and rich mouthfeel, with ripe fruit reappearing on the palate. Perfume and warming spice continue for an elegant and lengthy finish.
Golden straw coloured Chardonnay, with just a gentle touch of oak. The philosophy of Seven Springs is to aim for balance and staying true to the nature of our vineyards. The Overberg has such rich soils that it delivers a unique type of fruit, which does not need much to show its beauty and elegance. The acid is bright and fresh, yet not acidic. The flavours are that of candied lemon, velvety crème Brule with a unique salinity found in the wines from here.
Easily enjoyed on its own, but beautifully paired with canapés, mild cheeses, mild curries, rich fish or poultry dishes and my favourite…pork belly. Serve chilled at 14-16°C
This vintage is packed with a flavour-filled and aromatic punch. Concentrated yet a medium body, soft acidity and a clean, refreshing palate interlaced with flavours of green apple, kiwi and grapefruit. The bouquet has floral notes of elderflower and aromas of gooseberry, litchi and grapefruit. Slight hints of green pepper and fig.
I would definitely recommend decanting this wine before drinking as it will aid in opening up the wine and releasing the myriad of aromas and flavours. Serving temperature of 10°C and a recommended pairing would be aromatic foods. It does really well with Thai curry, seafood that has a tomato based sauce – I know not typical foods you would think of pairing with a Sauvignon blanc, but this isn’t a normal Sauvignon blanc. Often a Sauvignon is seen as a cheap and quaffable wine, but we aim to make wines of flavor, texture and wines that can stand on its own but even better with food, a wine made for a night out in the restaurant with you and good company.
Vibrant and aromatic with delicious generous fresh apricot, white peach and hints of passion fruit on the nose. On the palate it has tight, white, fleshy stone fruit with a balancing sandy texture. Bright acidity and minerality delivers a delicious balance.
Appealing and serious on the nose towards the citrusy end of the spectrum with a firm, flinty thing going on as well. The palate retains that citrusy focus which is an absolute delight. This vintage assures this wine`s place amongst the very best of South Africa`s finest comtemporary white blends.
Black cherry infused with cardamom and nutmeg on the nose. Intense fruit shows well on the palate, with elegant iron-like tones adding to the savoury character of the wine. Medium bodied with elegant oak from the old French barrels.
2014 marks our fifth vintage and as the vines mature so does the character an quality of the fruit produced by these vineyards. A purple hue to the wine is a tell-tale sign of the Syrah and with this vibrant colour comes vibrant aromas of black currants, plums and cherries and a hint of smokiness. An undertone of dark and decadent chocolate can be detected as well as firm oak, cinnamon and cloves. On the palette the wine is rich, complex and round with a smooth and lush tannin well integrated with the oak, An aftertaste of liquorice and spices fills the senses with a lingering mineral character the Overberg is so well known for.
To enjoy this wine fully, we suggest decanting for at least two hours before serving at 18°C. It can be enjoyed with any red meat dish, especially lamb casseroles, as the freshness of the Syrah will cut through the fattiness of the meat making the fruity expression of the wine more prominent and also revealing that slight meatiness too. It also pairs well with chocolate for those of you with a sweet tooth.
Rousanne/Marsanne blend, vinification in tank, with further aging in oak on its lees with regular battonage. Orange blossom, bananna, pineapple, lychee and papaya flavours roam freely on the the palate. A peculiar wine best enjoyed by a frumious bandersnatch after a hard day`s whiffling through a tulgey wood
Quince, apricot, grapefruit and honeyed pineapple all jostle for your immediate attention on the nose. A little more exploration reveals hints of cloves, cinammon and a touch of delicate jasmine blossom. The palate introduces deliciously refreshing and mouthwatering suggestions of Seville oranges and a rich mouthfeel.
Strong, cool-climate Chardonnay aromatic signatures of white peach and melon mix with perfumed hints of pineapple and pear. Typical “Tumbarumba” nuances of wet stone / slate and mineral sit in the background, along with fine French barrel-ferment spiciness adding aromatic depth and richness. The wine has very elegant fruit characters of citrus and pear giving vibrant mouthfeel and length to the palate along with crisp apple acidity. The barrel ferment complexity is very fine, showing a subtle weave of spicy, lees-batonnage creaminess and precise oak balance. Great drinking 3 – 7 years.