Seven Springs – A newbie winery of note

November 3rd, 2010 by karen

The clever Tim Pearson, UK based owner of Seven Springs Wine Estate, has been very active on Twitter over the last several months, creating, what turns out to be, a well deserved hype behind the release of his first ever wine, a Sauvignon Blanc 2010.

I received a bottle from Tim last week and have been waiting in eager anticipation for “the right occasion, the right meal pairing” blah blah blah…….  The ridiculously beautiful summer weather we experienced on Monday provided the ideal opportunity to open the well-chilled bottle I had been eyeing out in my fridge.  And, upon opening, we decided the wine needed to be appreciated just as it was, on its own, in our garden, watching the sun set.  The next one we will be sure to pair with with something suitably elegant, and maybe the one after that I will be generous enough to share with friends 🙂

My notes on the wine: the nose did not jump out and batter me round the head which was great.  A little restrained but evident notes of green apples, limes and a little green pepper.  Whilst a lot of Sauvignon Blancs offer me pyrazines up front and then mellow into some tropical fruit notes, I found this wine had the most beautiful passion fruit, grapefruit-citrus up front, the nettle came in mid way and the finish was crisp minerality with superbly fresh, uplifting and integrated acids that kept me going back for more.  I mean it, I could not put the glass down!  Tim gives a lot of the credit to his “South African family”, the talented young winemaker Riana van der Merwe, and Peter Davison, who has managed Seven Springs Vineyard land from bare earth to planting, growing and looking after the vineyard.

Seven Springs Vineyard, named after the seven natural springs of the nearby spa town of Caledon, is situated on the R320 road at the base of Shaws Mountain between the seaside town of Hermanus and the Overberg spa town of Caledon. The vines benefit from superb shale derived soils and cooling Atlantic Ocean influences (

Their Sauvignon Blanc 2010 production is limited to 4,400 bottles worldwide but can be ordered on-line from Cybercellar ( and purchased directly from The Wine Village in Hermanus (  In 2011 they will also bottle their lightly oaked Chardonnay and spicy, dark berry Syrah, with Pinot Noir completing the range in 2012.

Don’t say you have not been warned!

3 Responses to «Seven Springs – A newbie winery of note»

  1. November 03, 2010 at 5:16 pm, Frieda Lloyd said:

    I can’t wait to taste the Seven Springs’ Sauvignon Blanc! It has to be lively & fresh considering the vibey personalities behind it. I am off to Wine Village to get some stock.

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