(2019) The latest vintage of Seven Springs Pinot, which until the 2012 vintage was labelled as 'young vines', but now with more years under their belts that epithet is dropped. It pours a lovely pale- to medium garnet colour, and has a soft, briary character on the nose, a little curl of woodsmole and small red berry fruit. In the mouth there's plenty of edge to this, with firm tannins and a keen raspberry acidity, the medium-weight fruit and touch of background oak giving some mid-palate flesh. A fine, food-friendly Pinot from Seven Springs.
(2017) There's a delightful subtlety to the way the oak has been handled here, adding sheen and gentle creaminess to the ripe, supple fruit, a hint of Pinot truffle and briar. In the mouth nicely fresh and agile, a spine of acidity, a touch of oak charriness, and the savoury fruit and spice finishing quite long.
(2012) A second tasting based on a fairly brief encounter where this wine was shown at The Wine Gang Fair in London earlier this month again struck me as a nicely fragrant, pepper and sleek black-fruited wine. This is my full note from a proper assessment of it in July 2012. This Syrah from young vines is a new release. The nose is opulently rich and crammed with plum and red berry fruit. Ageing in older French barrels adding some spice and delicate smokiness, with a hint of crisply-grilled bacon fat. On the palate it is fresh and vibrant, with real depth but bounding youthfullness and ocean-influenced clarity.
(2012) I can't think of many wine producers who would boast - or is that admit - to 'Young Vines' right on the front label of their Pinot; there's a common belief amongst many wine lovers that only old vines make great wine. In fact this is an over simplification. Various viticultural practices can instil quality even in young vines, most importantly making sure the yield of these vigorous youngsters is controlled. What young vines can - and in this case do - bring to the party is a joyous, upfront fruitiness. The colour is a lovely pale garnet and the nose offers authentic, lightly smoky and truffly aromas of woodland and berries. On the palate this is finely-wrought and beautifully fruity, with cherry and summer pudding berries against a background of tobacco and briar, into a fresh, juicy, positively crisp finish. Just lovely.
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