We taste....Seven Springs Chardonnay 2010, Hermanus, South Africa

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I’ve become a big fan of Seven Springs’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc having been the first wine blogger in the UK to review when I tried it last year. Admittedly more by dint of my lucky timing rather than being held to be a top critic by the vineyard..... Having found out that the owners of the vineyard, Tim and Vaughan Pearson lived just down the road I then made contact via Twitter and joined them for a very enjoyable dinner.

The vineyard is only a few years old but they’ve made giant steps in a small amount of time. Two things have helped - Firstly the Sauvignon Blanc, being their inaugural release, is excellent. Secondly, Tim is particularly savvy with social media and managed to whip up something of a frenzy among the online wine community.

With the opening of Loki wine merchant in Birmingham came my opportunity to try another wine from the Seven Springs range, in this case the 2010 Chardonnay. I was impressed that they produce both a Chardonnay and an Unoaked Chardonnay but being quite fond of a dash of oak on a Chardonnay I went for the oaked version.

There's a lovely vanilla note on the nose to this wine but it's subtle. It’s a far cry from some New World Chardonnays which seem to have had a vanilla Magic Tree stuck in them for a few weeks in the bottle..... There's a good apple note on the palate with a slight creaminess which I really liked. I’d expect this to age gracefully and be drinking even better in a year or two.image from shutterstock

At £13.99 this is approaching the top end of the New World Chardonnay scale but the wine is certainly good enough to carry it off. The fact that people can choose their preferred type of Chardonnay before purchasing should add a degree of confidence to the wine buying process

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