Seven Eves Syrah 2021


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Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
First Glance: Red berries, buoyant, refreshing, herbal spice
Winner of Best Wine, Best Red Wine and Best Shiraz - Adelaide Wine Show 2022

Seveneves is the other of two labels by Mauricio Ruiz Cantú and Benjamin Caldwell, also proprietors of Somos. Seveneves is focused on classic French varieties, but approached with a bit of the same playful enthusiasm as we see in the Somos wines, and all from a single vineyard in Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills. The vineyard is farmed organically and sits on the south eastern border of the region at 410m altitude, with a higher diurnal shift and drier conditions to the rest of the hills. This allows Ben and Mauricio to craft wines of great freshness and detail. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation, carbonic maceration and prolonged skin contact are eagerly applied, but the wines always stay true to variety and the main goal is to bringing out the best in each variety.

The Whole Bunch Syrah is made with wild small ferments with varying levels of wholebunch, from 25% to 100%. rested 12 months in French oak. A fresh and buoyant take on the grape, which was duely awarded a three for three Best Wine, Best Red Wine and Best Shiraz, at the Adelaide Wine Show in 2022.

The Best Cellars View:
There is good reason this is labeled as Syrah, rather than Shiraz - already on the nose you get that this is a fresher, prettier style of the grape, with pure black cherry and raspberry fruit in spades, as well as lavender and green peppercorn. Perfumed almost -a real charmer! Medium bodied and fine on the palate, with dazzling freshness and again that purely delineated fruit, but backed up by a dark chocolate richness that one might not have expected, all framed in fine-grained tannins. A pure joy to drink.