(2023) A dry, savoury Sauvignon from a year of slow ripening so full flavour developed in the Sauvignon Blanc. Flinty and smoky, lots of citrus rather than tropical, and a fine, bone-dry acidity. Racing with pithy, zesty acid into a gently flinty, salty finish.
(2023) Seven Springs' elegantly oaked Chardonnay is always subtle and lovely, and this 2016 vintage is no exception. Creamy, gently almondy and oatmeal notes support ripe fruit, a wisp of something honeyed too. In the mouth it is medium-bodied, the quality of the French oak just adding a sheen to the fruit, and the acidity balanced perfectly into the finish. Quality, understated Chardonnay, without being at all thin or austere.
(2023) As always, Seven Springs' Unoaked Chardonnay is crisp and fresh, yet has some creaminess and weight too. Lemony but gentle fruit fills the mouth, a hint at a more ripe passion fruit and nectarine, with a touch of oatmeal and nuttiness adding that breadth to the palate. The finish is balanced and quite long, with plenty of juicy fruit and acid in combination.
(2021) I've been following the fortunes of English-owned Seven Springs Vineyards for a decade now and their Sauvignon always impresses for its fruit-forward and balanced style, that avoids too much herbaceousness.Â this has aromas of very juicy peach and sweet orange, a hintnof tropicality, then a free-flowing and juicy palate, lots of nectarine ripeness,Â a nicely judged herbal streak to the citrus acidity, intoÂ a fine, dry and moreish finish.
(2019) A perennial favourite of mine in the Seven Springs range, this feather-light 12.5% alcohol Chardonnay is both delicate and intense, the acidity drives this in a Chablis-like way, stripped down and fresh and yet not without a hint of creaminess, a hint of more tropical mango fruit in there somewhere. A brisk, yet gentle and aromatic Chardonnay.
(2019) The 2015 edition of Seveb Springs lightly-oaked Chardonnay is a really good one I must say, nutty and gently toasty notes atop generous tropical fruit, but there's a hint of a steelier character of cooler orchard fruits too. In the mouth it is expansive and ripe, but far from over-blown, the juiciness of the acidity and a salty lick of minerality off-setting the creamy depth of fruit.
(2017) Not the most expensive wine in the Seven Springs line-up, but you know I really enjoyed this. Only 12.5% alcohol, but crammed with flavour and a lovely creamy texture too, it flirts between nectarine sweet juiciness and the zest of fresh squeezed lemon, and slipped down very easily indeed with chicken in a garlicky, lime and ginger-spiced marinade.
(2016) An estate and a wine I've followed since their first vintage in 2010, and this 2013 harvest wine has benefitted from earlier picking which has brought it in with a modest 12.5% alcohol and a zippily fresh and crunchy character. Lots of fresh-sliced apple and lemon on the nose, and a gently creamy quality, then it bursts onto the palate with a really vivacious brightness, apple again and star fruit, the citrus freshness of the finish, but not austere or too dry, giving it sippability and quite broad food-matching appeal.
(2014) As with their earlier releases, this is a Sauvignon Blanc that nods towards Europe as much as it does towards New Zealand in terms of its pitch and style. The nose is relatively subdued, offering citrus and a creamy suggestion of roundness and concentration. On the palate there is only a trace of elderflower or gooseberry herbaceousness - this Sauvignon seems to be more about texture and cool orchard fruit character, with a lovely freshening thrust of lemon and lime in the finish.