Seven Springs is a 12 Ha farm (tiny by vineyard standards) in very close proximity to my home town of Hermanus. Gus Dale’s first vintage with the team was in 2019, and there has been a marked change in the approach both in the vineyards and the cellar towards organic practises and minimal intervention wines. Something we value very highly. They are a small team, that fits in perfectly with our range of producers, as they take great care for their people, their land and the environment.
Who are they?
Seven Springs Vineyard is a premium wine producer, situated on the R320 Hemel en Aarde Valley road, between the seaside town of Hermanus and the spa town of Caledon, in the picturesque Western Cape, South Africa. The vineyard nestles between Shaws Mountain to the north and the Teslaarsdal Mountain Range to the south, with Walker Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond these mountains. It is this oceanic influence, coupled with our shale derived soils, known locally as Bokkeveld Shale, that gives our vines the potential to produce exceptional grapes from both north and south facing vineyards. Noble varieties, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir, have been planted to express the full potential of each cultivar.
“Our winemaking (and vineyard approach) is one of minimum intervention. That is a minimal use of fungicides and pesticides in the growing of our vines and as natural a process as we can in the winery. Our winemaker / vigneron, Gus Dale, is very keen on using natural fermentation (wild yeasts) and our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (oaked) have been innoculated this way in the past.
Although our vines were only planted in 2007 and 2008 our wines have so far shown excellent ageing potential, both in our red and white wines. In fact our Sauvignon Blanc, in our opinion, is better at 3 to 5 years old.”
Gus Dale – Winemaker/Vigneron.
UK Born with experience in both South Africa and France. A firm believer that wine is produced on the vines and to a lesser extent in the cellar