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.