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: After a very dry winter, late-spring frosts, wind and hail disrupted budburst and flowering, affecting yields. Summer was hot and very dry, with considered irrigation required to see the vines through to harvest. The low yields resulted in great colour, intense flavours and firm tannin structures.
Acidity: 6.2 g/L
Colour: Vibrant magenta-red with purple hues.
Nose: A bright, fruit driven nose is dominated by blackberry, blackcurrant and blueberry aromas, with earthy tobacco notes, chocolate, soft violet florals and wild herbs.
Palate: A soft, juicy palate with fleshy, mouth-filling berry fruit sweetness and a subtle hint of oak offering great drinkability. A smooth, chocolatey texture 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.