Friday, October 26, 2012

Seven Springs Vineyards Overberg Young Vines 1 Pinot Noir 90 Points

Bright, ruby cherry red with slight garnet/brown rim.

Slight reductiveness, probably due to the screw cap closure, however with aeration/decanting and tasting over 26 hours, reveals clean, medium plus Intensity, delicately ripe cherries, raspberries and strawberries, smoky, stony mineral, light toast, oak still integrating, more prominent when just opened, alcohol slightly noticeable.

Dry with dash of residual sugar? probably somewhere between 2 and 3 rs, moderate plus acidity, moderate plus alcohol, 13.5% abv, medium tannin, crunchy and ripe, savory texture, long and persistent with long mineral complexity.

Much more vibrant than majority of generic “Bourgogne”, available locally (R130 – R160) better fruit definition, yet not overly “New World”, i.e in your face character, this maiden vintage subtle Pinot Noir from Seven Springs young vines, highly promising debut and certainly a Pinot Noir from Overberg, to follow, very well priced for that quality level, expect  more as vine matures.