The world of social media might be a mystery to many but once you crack it, it is an entry way into so many connections and opportunities.
For example, I am a frequent twitterer.
What I mean by that is not that I constantly tweet about what I had for breakfast or lunch but that I actually interact with others on twitter. Whether they are talking about food, wine, or yes, it does happen, what they had for breakfast; it’s a great way to get to know people.
Which is how I found myself with not one but two bottles of the new 7 Springs Wine, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. I had started following 7 Springs Wine on twitter and once they realized I was a wine blogger, they offered to send me their very first vintage for me to try out. 7 Springs is a premium winery in the Western Cape of South Africa. They have an interesting back story. The winery was founded by English entrepreneur, Tim Pearson and his wife, Vaughn. They fell in love with South Africa while on holiday and when the opportunity to buy a vineyard arose, they snapped it up.
So far they have 12 hectares but not all of it has been planted.
I tried their first vintage, the 2010 Sauvignon blanc when I popped into Tsuru sushi in Bishopsgate. It was all rather coincidental as I had just picked up the wines and was on my way home. I know Emma, the owner, quite well and I know she likes to try new wines so when I offered to open the S. Blanc, she was game.
We had it paired with both sushi and hot food and found that the dry, zippy, passionfruit, apricot and citrusy flavours and aromas went best with the hot food. I really enjoyed the South African Sauvignon Blanc because it was not a watery wine, being quite medium bodied, and had none of those nettle or green pepper notes I often find in wines from that part of the world. These are young vines, only just planted so it will be interesting to see how they develop.
An admirable first vintage, I am now waiting patiently waiting for their next wines, a pinot noir and chardonnay, to arrive.