Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 – SILVER
Alcohol: 12.97% Residual Sugar: 2.2g/l Total Acidity: 6.5 g/l pH: 3.24
Harvested 22nd February 2014 Bottled: February 2015 Ageing potential: 5-7 years
Production: 4,404 bottles (750ml)
This was the wettest and toughest vintage Seven Springs has experienced yet, as it was all around the world. Floods and heavy rains throughout our winter lead to high levels of underground water for the vines. The summer canopies were lush and beautiful because of the excess water, but this summer was hot and humid and with no wind at all, which was unusual for the Western Cape. These conditions lead to high disease pressures in the vineyards which necessitated a higher than average need for control rot and moulds in the leaves and fruit, however, we were compensated by high yields, though quality was not consistent. This was the vintage where the viticulturists had to demonstrate their skill; the quality of wine was determined by the health of the vines and our viticulturist Peter Davison did us proud.