(2023) Seven Springs age their Pinot for around nine months in older, French oak barrels. This vintage displays a lovely creaminess and harmony, with a background of nutty and smoky oak. Earthy, mushroom and truffle lead into sweet and solid fruit. Spicy and rich, but lovely harmony and length here. Note that price and stockist given is for the 2017 vintage at time of review.
(2023) A really nice nose, fruit to the fore, black cherry and blackberry, a touch of cedar and tobacco spices,Â firm and juicy onto the palate, a little weight of cherry, chocolaty oak, but the brisk essence of the tannins and acids, and the bittersweet character of the fruit keeps this juicy, long and hugely drinkable.
(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.