I always enjoy meeting the people behind the wine that I drink so it was a real pleasure to meet Tim and Riana (that's them in the picture), two of the team behind Seven Springs wine located in Hermanus, South Africa.
Now Tim has been in the very fortunate position of owning a very successful cleaning business which has allowed him to indulge his real passion and set up Seven Springs wine. Whilst a relatively new vineyard its sauvignon blanc has had many good reviews. However they have also planted chardonnay, syrah and pinot noir and having experienced Tim's enthusiasm I expect we'll be hearing a lot more about Seven Springs in the future.
Riana is the winemaker. She graduated in 2006 and has done vintages in California and The Rhone as well as South Africa. Whilst Seven Springs does not yet have its own winemaking facilities it uses space in another prestige winery where Riana is in the fortunate position of being able to get ideas from others around her who have a few more years experience than she has.
But what about the 2010 sauvignon blanc I tasted? It has clean and fresh aromas of citrus with some apricot fruit. A touch of weight on the palate which is all about the fruit and lemon and lime without a hint of greenness. Rounded, pleasing, fresh and with just a hint of minerality this is a very satisfying wine that manages to straddle sauvignons from New Zealand and The Loire.