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Nederburg Auction Chardonnay

 

7Springs_Chardonay genericProud to let everyone know that our 2013 Chardonnay has been selected for this years Nederburg Auction on  the 16th and 17th September. There will be 5 cases of this wine for sale at a reserve price of 900.00 South African Rand per case. This is one of the worlds 5 major wine auctions and this is the first time we have submitted a wine. Rigorous selection means that only the very best wines are chosen for the auction. Nederberg Auction Catalogue

 

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Seven Springs Vineyard in Decanter Magazine

We have just had a whole page devoted to Seven Springs Vineyard in the November edition of Decanter Magazine. The whole article is entitled “Buying a Vineyard” but we guess in our case it could have been entitled “Buying a piece of land with cattle roaming on it”….but we guess that might not be a too appealing headline. This is the article as it appears in the magazine.

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YouTube review of our wines

Nathan (Nate) Nolan reviews our 2010 Syrah and Chardonnay and our 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay in this YouTube video. We sent Canadian Nate our wines a couple of years ago and he decided to keep the wines before reviewing them to see how they age. This is Nate’s video and we think he has made a pretty good job (well very good job) of describing our wines. Our Overberg wines have shown real character from day one and Nate certainly seems to like our wines . Take it away ‘Mr Drink n Eat’……..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvPSsl-iTcg&feature=youtu.be

Tom Cannavan

Review of our wines by Tom Cannavan

It is a year and a half that leading UK wine writer and journalist, Tom Cannavan, wrote about us and our Overberg wines. South African Wines are coming on leaps and bounds, year on year, and some amazing quality wines are being made throughout the different wine regions of the country. Talented winemakers are at the forefront of this quality drive and we are pleased just to be a part of this exciting wine country. Watch this space as South African wine farms continue their drive for excellence.

 

Read below what Tom wrote about our wines in his Wine Pages website http://wine-pages.com/tasting-articles/seven-springs-south-africa/

 

Seven Springs, South Africa

by Tom Cannavan, 07/14

 

bottleIt’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 contacted me recently to 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.

 

Subsequently, Tim arranged for samples of their latest releases to be sent to me by their English importer Great Estates (in Scotland the wines are distributed by L’Art du Vin). 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.”

 

the wines

 

white wines

 

Seven Springs Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa
As with their earlier releases, this is a Sauvignon Blanc that nods towards Europe as much as it does towards New Zealand in terms of its pitch and style. The nose is relatively subdued, offering citrus and a creamy suggestion of roundness and concentration. On the palate there is only a trace of elderflower or gooseberry herbaceousness – this Sauvignon seems to be more about texture and cool orchard fruit character, with a lovely freshening thrust of lemon and lime in the finish. 89/100. £10.75, Amps Fine Wine. See all stockists on wine-searcher.com.

 

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. £12.99, Wineyard & Deli (Lancashire). See all stockists on wine-searcher.com.

 

Seven Springs Vineyard, Chardonnay 2011, South Africa
This cuvée was fermented in second- and third-fill, 300-litre barrels, 20% American and 80% French, using a combination of wild and commercial yeasts. It aged a further 11 months on the lees in barrel. There is more overt oak influence than on the 2010, with toast and a whisper of Jack Daniels, all nicely nutty with a rounded lime and apple fruitiness beneath. On the palate it is a big wine with over 14% alcohol, but the acidity tempers that, and there is no sense of tropical über ripeness. There is good fruit sweetness through the mid-palate, and the oak does not dominate the finish, it adds only a gentle spice and buttery toast to the clean, mineral-etched flavours. A very different wine from the unoaked 2012, and delicious. 91/100. £15.25, Amps Fine Wine. See all stockists on wine-searcher.com.

 

red wines

 

 

Seven Springs Vineyard, Syrah 2012, South Africa
Seven Springs Syrah was excellent in the previous 2010 vintage, but I confess that this Gold Medal winner is even better and is a hugely promising portent as the vines age. Deep and vibrant in colour, the nose is just gorgeous, the wisp of cracked stone, the slick of black fruit and the background of flowers – violet creams even – white pepper and gentle earthiness. The palate is flooded with ripe, silky black fruit, but not at all jammy or overblown. Despite 14.5% alcohol, this has genuine freshness with a crispness to the tannin and acid framework, and the pin-point precision of the black fruit pushing through in a finely-tuned finish. 92/100. £14.50, bouchonwinebar.com. See all current stockists on wine-searcher.com.

 

Seven Springs Vineyard, Young Vines Pinot Noir 2012, South Africa
Fear not that this is boldly declared as ‘young vines’. ‘Old Vines’ doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality, and believe me, this second vintage of wild yeast-fermented Pinot is fragrant and rich, with a touch of game and blood, solid plummy fruit and just a glimpse of more delicate floral and woodland nuances. It is juicy and savoury, the 10 months in older oak adding some clove and smokiness to really sweet fruit, a glimpse of raspberry ripple softness, but that plum and briar character and the 14% alcohol give it flesh and substance. Finishing on natural spice and deep-set fruit, it is a lovely Pinot in a more solid style, but not without elegance. 90-91/100. £15.75, Amps Fine Wine. See all stockists on wine-searcher.com.

 

 

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2014

Gold StickerWe are proud to announce that we achieved three excellent awards from the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards. Having decided to enter our Syrah 2012 and our two Chardonnays (oaked 2011 and un-oaked 2012) we were absolutely delighted with getting a GOLD award for our 2012 Syrah and BRONZE for the two Chardonnays. To put this into context it is like winning a medal in the Olympic Games, well in wine terms. As our vines are still very young (the syrah and chardonnay vines were 4.5 years old when the grapes were picked) we are really ‘over the moon’ with the way our vineyard and wines are developing. Testimony for this goes to Riana van der Merwe, our young winemaker, and Peter Davison, our vineyard manager. It is the hard work and dedication of the two of them that has enabled us to achieve this is such a short space of time.

 

SEVEN SPRINGS SYRAH 2012 and OVER THE MOUNTAIN SYRAH 2012 – DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS GOLD http://www.decanter.com/dwwa/wine/713/Seven+Springs-Syrah-2012 The Decanter description for this wine reads:-

“Has opened up nicely to show lovely ripe blueberry fruits with some violets and spice. Lovely fleshy style but with substance, black fruits, fine grained tannins and very well balanced. Has surprising length. I think could develop a lot further still.”
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SEVEN SPRINGS CHARDONNAY 2011 AND OVER THE MOUNTAIN CHARDONNAY 2011
The Decanter description of this wine reads:-
“A rounded, smooth style with a good tropical fruit character. Toffee notes and a touch of burnt match, but with good elegance and a medium finish.”
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SEVEN SPRINGS UNOAKED CHARDONNAY 2012 and OVER THE MOUNTAIN UNOAKED CHARDONNAY 2012
The Decanter description of this wine reads:-
“Leaner style drive of mineral, struck match and crisp apple acidity. Concentrated but understated with lovely ripe citrus, tangerine and lemon zest. Fresh and lively.”
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7 Springs’ Pinot and Sauvvy Christmas

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Some came in high heels,

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another with a hat,

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one wore a tie,

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another brought a cat!

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Seven Springs Vineyards have had a wonderful 2013 and wished to end the year with special friends, good food and great wine. The great wine of course was our Pinot Noir ‘Young Vines II’ 2012 and Sauvignon Blanc 2012.   We welcomed our friends on the ‘stoep’ with some chilled Pongracz Rose and 7Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2012 served with our very own 2013 Frantoio Olive Oil and  homemade Chicken liver pate on toasted Ciabatta.

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Hors d’Ouvres

Chicken Liver Pate 

500g Chicken livers

2 Onions finely chopped

1 Garlic glove

1 Medium lemon (juice)

Dash of Balsamic vinegar

Dash of Brandy

Mayonnaise (I love adding a spoon or two)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Clean the livers and sprinkle with juice of one lemon.  Fry the onions, add livers and fry ’till cooked. Add garlic and a dash of balsamic vinegar.  Let cool adding brandy, salt & pepper to taste. Put in food-processor and blend until smooth. You can add some mayonnaise, if desired. Enjoy with Ciabatta or seed bread.

A TABLE READY FOR A FEAST

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Main Course

Our first main course was roasted Smoked Pork with roasted potatoes with a rocket & mango asian salad. Paired with Pinot Noir 2012.

IMG_4119_1024x768Our second main course came in 2 shapes and sizes, two very different curries. The Pinot Noir 2012 was paired with a mild Malay apricot curry, served in a hollowed out homemade bread. The Sauvignon Blanc 2012 was paired with a Thai Green Curry on fragrant rice.

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300 gr Chicken, cubed

30 ml vegetable oil

1 onion cut into 8 wedges

2 peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic

400 g baby marrows, diced

5cm knob ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 stalk lemongrass, white part only,  finely chopped

60ml Thai green curry paste, adjust to taste

1 can (400g) coconut milk

180 ml vegetable stock

4-6 dried lime leaves or grated peel of 1 lime (optional)

150 g baby spinach

juice of 2 limes

30 ml fish sauce or light soya sauce

fresh basil and coriander

Saute the onions, peppers, baby marrows, garlic, lemongrass, ginger and curry paste in the vegetable oil until soft. Add chicken, coconut milk, stock and lime leaves and let simmer until cooked through. Stir through baby spinach, lime juice, fish sauce and herbs and serve with steamed rice.

Dessert

For the finale we had Tiramisu with dark chocolate trellising, made from melted dark chocolate and cocoa powder.

IMG_4164_1024x725This was paired with the Pinot Noir 2012. This really brought home the faint coffee aroma you get in the wine. What a wonderfully, delightful combination, yet another reason to love Pinot Noir.

IMG_4184_1024x768And to finish it all off, a platter of goats cheeses. A fantastic compliment to any Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. IMG_4242_576x768

IMG_4135_1024x768  A fun evening was had by all

big, medium and small!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas

Happy holidays

and may 2014 be a healthy and prosperous year for you!

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Miguel Chan

91+ points for our 2012 Pinot Noir

Leading South African sommelier, Miguel Chan, has reviewed our latest Pinot Noir (our 2012 ‘Young Vines II’) and scored it 91+ points out of 100. This wine was made from 3.5 year old vines and shows the fantastic potential our vineyard has for this, and our other, varietals. The same wine is being sold in the USA as Over the Mountain Pinot Noir 2012.

Review: Seven Springs Pinot Noir 2012: Migual Chan Review

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Olives and jam from Seven Springs

When we are not harvesting, we play!  – a blog by Hetta. Whilst this is not true, some things, like making  jam or pickling your own olives, may feel like it!
During the Harvest 2012, we saved some Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes, to make jam.  In South Africa (in Afrikaans) we call it “Korrelkonfyt”. 
Korrelkonfyt is wonderful with some home made bread when you have a fish-braai (barbeque).
 

                                    Danish Blue, crackers and homemade jam!  A winner. Mmmmmm…. Lovely!
 
 
 
Olive-picking at Seven Springs Vineyard.
 This is the first time we have used the salt-curing process to preserve our olives.  It is a less time consuming method of preserving olives so let’s see what they tatse like
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After some time in the salt, the olives look like small dried prunes.

Our first salt-cured olives bottled with a couple of chillies.
The olives are rinsed, buckets washed and new salt solution added weekly, until we are satisfied that they are ready to go into the brine.
Waiting to be bottled in a week or so.

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Seven Springs Harvest 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Valentine’s Day? Yes, but also and most important, harvest time at 7 Springs                  Vineyard, where our grapes get tender loving care, as you would treat your                  Valentine!

We have 4 Pinot Noir clones of which two were harvested today, clones 667 and 777. These two will give the fresh fruit component to the wine.

 

Clones 459 and 115 will be picked as and when they reach their full ripeness and they will make out the structural component to our Pinot Noir.

                                Everybody ready for action!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Pinot Noir vines are now in their 4th year,  still very young, and as a result the volumes are still small, so the grapes harvested today will ferment together in the same tank.

Some experienced hands working here, good care is taken not to squash any grapes!

 

 

Our grape pickers enjoy what they are doing and they have a real passion for this job!

                            

Another perfect bunch!

The grapes are transported to the winery in the same crates they were gently harvested into. The gentler the grapes get handled the less breakage there is of the berries. This way we make sure we get the best results from our wonderful grapes.

 

Watch this space and see how our grapes transform into wine!