Pinot Noir 2012 “Young Vines II”

Tasting Notes

A beautifully balanced, vibrant wine it is garnet in colour, with delicate woodland and truffle undertones. Offering opulent aromas of raspberries, cherries and strawberries, the oak is subtle, supporting the fruit driven profile of this wine. The palate is smooth and medium bodied, with bold fruit characters balanced well with the oak. A great food match with game, duck, and perfect with mushroom risotto



International Wine Challenge: Bronze 2015




Platter Wine Award: 4 Star 2015


Technical Analysis 

Alcohol: 14.07%
Residual Sugar: 2.8 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.3 g/l
pH: 3.56

Harvested by hand on 14th and 17rd February 2012
Total production: 10,140 bottles (750ml)
Bottled: February 2013
Ageing potential: 5 years


Harvest Report

The 2012 harvest began on Valentine’s Day, with the Pinot Noir fruit being the first of the season to be picked. Strating soon after sunrise, the first sorting took place in the vineyard. At the winery the fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks, where it was left, for five days, to ‘cold soak’ at below 50˚F. The ‘cold-soaking’ process helped the extraction of primary fruit characters to enhance the fruit driven wine style. As the must warmed, the wild yeasts occurring naturally on the skins caused fermention to begin. After two weeks the alcoholic fermentation was complete and the grapes were pressed. It was then moved to second and third fill, French oak barrels and left to mature for 10 months. The older barrels complemented the fruit expression of this style of Pinot Noir; a light bodied, fruit forward wine. Juice from the different clones were kept separate during the whole process and only blended a few months before bottling.

The worlds best Pinot Noir is reputed to result from the selection of clones; a common practice in Burgundy. Clones 777 and 828 are currently favoured in addition to the reliable 114, 115 and 667. These clones are known for their strong colour, elegant rich aroma with hints of small fruits. They give the wine structure and potential for ageing. Seven Springs selected four clones: 777, 667, 115 and 459, planted in 2008, on the warmer north facing slope at 240 mters elevation on Bokkeveld Shale with decomposed granite and deep, rich yellow and red clay subsoil.


Tom Cannavan July 2014

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.

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Dear Me, it is 7Springs – Michael Olivier

As a wine and food commentator, I am fortunate to be invited to some pretty awesome wine functions.  Fortunately these happen usually in some of Cape Town’s leading restaurants where chefs go all out to showcase their dishes to a group of people who certainly appreciate what is put before them.  Jos Baker, the doyenne of food and wine writers in South Africa, and in my view a living National Treasure, once said to me “the wine is there in the bottle, you have to bring the food to it.”

I have recently attended two such functions at Dear Me, a restaurant in Longmarket Street

Read the full post by Michael Olivier’s Blog

Thanks for the wonderful post Michael!

Also see Michael Olivier’s online magazine; Crush

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Truffles – the vineyard dog (well one of them)

Everything you wanted to know about our vineyard managers dog, Truffles. Truffles travels everywhere with vineyard manager Peter. This article is from Michael Olivier in Cape Town.

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Pinot Noir 2011 “Young Vines I”

Produced from young vines our Pinot Noir is sophisticated and full of character. It is bright and vibrant in colour with a beautiful balanced red berry flavour, a hint of spice, and an excellent finish. It is a very versatile food wine and will match perfectly with mushroom, duck, beef, lamb or pork dishes.

Review by Decanter: Decanter Magazine had this to say about our Pinot Noir in their August 2013 edition.
Seven Springs, Pinot Noir, Overberg, South Africa  2011. This is the inaugural release of Seven Springs’ Pinot Noir. A  fabulously attractive, versatile wine, it’s laden with ripe black cherries with  leafy underbrush notes and hints of Black Forest gâteau, before unwinding to a  fresh finish. 17pts/20  (90/100pts)
TweetCritique: This is a young and vibrant Pinot Noir, light in colour and a nose that is just pure raspberry. The flavour is full and lingering with fruitiness being the prominent feature – a really special and exciting wine.
Pieter  –  Cork and Wine – Wine Spirit and fine living
Richard Saxton  –  The Grape crusader
Denise Medrano –

 Video Review
Video Review by Simon Woods

Short video of what to expect of our 2012 Pinot Noir



Seven Springs Pinot Noir Decanter

Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Aromas of apples and peaches with fresh lime on the palate ending with a crisp fruit acidity. This is what UK wine writer Jamie Goode had to say about the wine  –  ”Pure aromatics with some rich pear and peach notes as well as citrus freshness”  –   “a sophisticated wine of real quality”

Some of our reviews
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Charles Saunders  –
Colin Smith  –  Grapefan
Sue Sterling  –  Naked Wine Show
Jamie Goode  –
Mike Bampfield-Duggan of Wine Concepts
Joanna Simon  –  Wine Gang
David Derbyshire-
Grape Crusader
Linda Harding – Squashed Tomato
Glenda van Blerk  –  Cape Town Wine Blog
Video – Stu The Wine Guru
USA – TwoWineBrothers
Cathy Marsten  –  Food24


 Video Review

Some of the video reviews of our Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Our second Sauvignon Blanc vintage continues in the Seven Springs style. The wine has a delicate perfume, tantalizing ripe fruit on the palate with good lingering minerality. Enjoy ripe apples and peaches with hints of the natural vegetation of the area, fynbos , and fresh herbs. It is a light, refreshing wine.

Leading South African wine writer Angela Lloyd wrote: “As pale and bright as one would expect of a young wine, it has great presence without being showy thanks to the purity and restraint of its more tropical style fruit. A year in the bottle has polished the edginess of extreme youth without diminishing the wine’s vitality and freshness, such attributes being enriched by lees ageing. This gives a sense of weight without lessening the gentle, pure fruit and clean, dry finish. Unlike many sauvignons, it’s just as happy enjoyed solo as paired with fresh, unfussy dishes. Ingrid agrees with me, describing it as gentle, charming and graceful.”

Angela Lloyd’s review

Technical Analysis
Do you need more information on the specific wine? Download our technical sheet: Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Chardonnay 2010



Some of our Chardonnay reviews
Glenda Van Blerk  –  CapeTownWineBlog – Wine Farm Search engine (Facebook)
Michael Olivier  –  Food & Wine Guru (Page 10)
Miguel Chan  –  Sommelier
Richard Saxton  –  The Graped Crusader
Simon Woods  –  Woods Wine
Joanna Simon


 Video Review