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.
Vineyards: Fruit for Seven Sleepers Shiraz was grown on the Kurtz Family vineyard at Light Pass in the Barossa Valley. The vines receive minimal irrigation and are pruned for vine balance, resulting in maximum fruit quality and varietal expression.
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.
Colour: Bright purple-red with crimson hues.
Nose: A lively, fruit-driven wine with dominant aromas of bloodplum, blueberry and mulberry, with hints of mocha, fennel seed and red liquorice.
Palate: Berry, plum and spice flavours fill the palate, with a touch of oak that supports but doesn’t dominate, allowing the juicy fruit to show its full potential. Fine, ripe tannins give length with a finish that’s soft, yet gently structured, with delicious, lingering flavour.
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 Shiraz is a great match with grilled, pan-fried, barbecued or roasted meats, pasta, pizza and other full-flavoured dishes.