Seven Sleepers, or Siebenschlaffer, is named after an old Barossa German farmers’ lore, being that the weather that occurs on 27 June is likely to be prevalent for the next 7 weeks. The first wine destined for the Seven Sleepers range was a blend of 7 grape varieties from the 2004 vintage, thus cementing the name.
Vineyards: Fruit for Seven Sleepers ‘The Blend’ was sourced from the Kurtz Family Vineyard at Light Pass in the Barossa Valley and a small vineyard at Sawpit Gully Road in Eden Valley. The vines received minimal irrigation and were pruned for low yields to provide vine balance, optimum fruit quality, and intense varietal character.
Growing Season: The 2018 growing season began with above average rainfall, leading into a dry, slightly warmer than average spring and summer. Early flavour development allowed picking at optimum ripeness without excessive sugar, with wines showing bright, varietal aromas and balanced acidity.
Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Colour: Deep crimson-red.
Nose: A bright, fruit driven nose is dominated by blackcurrant, redcurrant, dark plum and cherry aromas, with notes of integrated savoury oak, chocolate, fruitcake, soft violet florals and wild herbs.
Palate: A soft, juicy palate with dark plummy fruit-sweetness and a touch of savoury oak offering great drinkability. Smooth and chocolatey, the palate is supported by a backbone of fine Cabernet tannins, giving the wine a satisfying mouthfeel and a delicious, lingering finish.
Peak Drinking: The rich combination of sweet, mouthfilling flavours is ideally suited to current consumption, however the wine will also reward careful short-term cellaring.
Food Match: Seven Sleepers ‘The Blend’ is a non-traditional red blend that offers the chance to match full-flavoured and spicy foods with fine Barossa red wine.