(2023) Big smoky bonfire character on the nose, becomes quite European with a sizzle of bacon-fat, a bit of iodine, and firm red fruit. The palate freshens, giving some vegetal, rhubarb character as well as plum, the tannin and acid of the finish give a bitter cherry bite and savouriness.
(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) Quite a deep pink colour here, and a fruity rather than mineral style. Nice berry fruits, the palate showing a redcurrant firmess with touches of rhubarb. Dry and racy finish. Price quoted is for the 2022 vintage at time of review.
(2023) Matured in 3rd and 4th fill, French-oak barrels, there's a nicely nutty overlay to the citrus character. Lovely purity to the fruit on the palate, again there is that ripeness and sweetness with a rich mouth-filling texture. Really nice weight, and yet clarity into the finish.
(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) A really nice nose, fruit to the fore, black cherry and blackberry, a touch of cedar and tobacco spices, 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.
(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.