We are regularly introduced to wines in all sorts of ways, from simple press releases to exclusive tastings, but for the first time a wine was introduced to us at the end of last year through Facebook. So for those of you who thought the so-called social media is only good for finding long forgotten school friends or a bit of chatter, I have news for you.
Tim Pearson, from the UK, started telling us about his maiden vintage Sauvignon Blanc long before we met him, and even before the wine was released. He and wife Vaughan fell in love with South Africa a few years ago and set about finding a piece of land they can call their own. The intention was from the onset to find a farm that would be suitable for wine growing.
Their piece of heaven is on the road that leads to Caledon from Hermanus through the renowned Hemel-and-Aarde Valley. The town of Caledon is known for its natural springs and they consider themselves fortunate to have found several springs on their own farm.
After expressing some interest, we received our first bottle to taste. We were immediately impressed with the great balance of acidity and tropical fruit. There is a lovely richness to the palate with a fresh finish. The vines were only three years old with the making of this wine, so the vintages to come can only be even better.
The young lady responsible for making this wine, Riana van der Merwe, was born in SA’s wine capital, Stellenbosch. After her studies, she gained experience locally at wineries like L’Ormarins and Backsberg, then ventured to California and Rhone before returning to South Africa to join the Seven Springs team. She has been tasked with running the whole operation, with the help of a viticulturist, for as long as Tim and Vaughan still live in the UK. Somehow I believe this is a name that we will hear a lot of in the years to come.
They have also planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which this area is so well known for, and even some Shiraz, so this is definitely a winery to keep your eyes on in the years to come. We certainly are!
Expect to pay: R 80.00