The Wine: 2014 marks our fifth vintage and as the vines mature so does the character an quality of the fruit produced by these vineyards. A purple hue to the wine is a tell-tale sign of the Syrah and with this vibrant colour comes vibrant aromas of black currants, plums and cherries and a hint of smokiness. An undertone of dark and decadent chocolate can be detected as well as firm oak, cinnamon and cloves. On the palette the wine is rich, complex and round with a smooth and lush tannin well integrated with the oak, An aftertaste of liquorice and spices fills the senses with a lingering mineral character the Overberg is so well known for.
Food Pairing:It can be enjoyed with any red meat dish, especially lamb casseroles, as the freshness of the Syrah will cut through the fattiness of the meat making the fruity expression of the wine more prominent and also revealing that slight meatiness too. It also pairs well with chocolate for those of you with a sweet tooth.
Grape: Syrah 100%
Producer: Seven Springs
Winemaker: Riana Van Der Merwe
Wine Region: Hermanus
At a Glance: ABV: 14.4% RS : 2.5 g/l PH : 3.32 TA : 6.2 g/l
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Screw Cap
Ageing: Enjoy now or cellar for up to 7-10 years from vintage.
In the Vineyard: This was the wettest and toughest vintage Seven Springs’ / Hermanus had and it was one on the wettest around the world. Floods and heavy rains throughout the winter, leading to lots of underground water for the vines. Summer canopies were lush and beautiful because of all the excess water, but this summer was hot and humid and not windy at all, which is customary in the Western Cape. This lead to very high disease pressures in the vineyards but gave rise to high yields. This was the vintage where the viticulturists had to show their skill. The quality of wine was determined by the health of your vines and our viticulturist Peter Davison knew his stuff. The cooler regions and white wines were the least affected by the challenging weather.