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Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2010

A Twitter sensation.

A Twitter sensation.

If you’ve got an account on the micro-blogging site Twitter and an interest in South African wine but haven’t heard of Seven Springs Vineyards, then you’re not paying attention. There are few who match and none who better Seven Springs owner Tim Pearson when it comes to promotion of his wine endeavours on Twitter (7SpringsWine, 842 following, 781 followers, 54 listed).

Pearson, managing director of a commercial cleaning firm based in Warwick in the English Midlands, established vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde area in 2007. “My business has allowed me to indulge in two things I’m passionate about: wine and South Africa,” he says.

The property is named after the seven natural springs of nearby Calendon and is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, 8ha in total. 2010 saw a small production of around 9 000 bottles made by Riana van der Merwe using the facilities at Elgin winery Iona, Andrew Gunn, the owner, a friend of Pearson.

The Sauvignon Blanc 2010 has already been released and Pearson was gracious enough to send a bottle to me for sampling. Though I was inclined to expect a wine towards the greener end of the flavour spectrum given the maritime location of the vineyards, I instead found lots of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) on both nose and palate while the acidity was relatively soft, which will be a relief for those who feel they have to have antacid on hand when drinking Sauvignon.

The wine is a good initial effort and if Pearson’s commitment to the cause is anything to go by, excellence should follow in vintages to come. Price per bottle is R72 and local stockists are Cybercellar in Franschhoek and the Wine Village in Hermanus.

Comments

  1. Hey thanks Ryan, it would be great to have you as a customer for our wines. You can also follow our Facebook profile if you wish….just type in Seven Springs Vineyard and you can find out more of what we are doing. We just blended our 2010 Chardonnay last Thursday. Best wishes from Hermanus, Tim Pearson

  2. Will surely give this a try when I am in SA again. Speaking of cyber space and wine. I have recently started using cellartracker.com. It is a website that offers a free cellar management program (you can make a donation if you want to). It is really great keeping track of your own wine collection, tasting notes and also gives you access to a whole community of wine drinkers and wines. http://www.cellartracker.com

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