Your must-visit wine estate in the wine country; situated on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Zevenwacht has viticultural roots which penetrate deep into the historic past of South Africa. While literally meaning Seven Expectations, the name Zevenwacht exemplifies the abundant delights which await visitors to the Farm. A leader in wine tourism, Zevenwacht was one of the first Wine Estates to establish a restaurant, hotel and conference facility, Cheesery and Spa on the Estate.
But for the landdwellers in Gauteng, we bring the winelands to you….
Amélia Visser (Owner and Brand Ambassador at Vino de Vie) proudly represents the Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Pretoria. And here we share with you why…
Here is more about the estate:
A family owned and managed Estate, the current owners, Harold and Denise Johnson purchased the farm in 1992, and have committed themselves to a programme of development to realise Zevenwacht’s rich potential beyond wine production. The estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation, as well as the active socio-economic upliftment of its workers and their families.
Two prime farming locations supply the Zevenwacht winery. The home vineyards on Zevenwacht’s 450 hectare maritime property supplies the bulk of the wine that fills the 1000 ton cellar. The farm Zevenrivieren, at the crest of the “Helshoogte” (Heights of Hell) Pass, overlooking Stellenbosch, provides equally outstanding grapes and adds fascinating variety to the collection.
Their winemaking philosophy is simple – quality begins in the vineyard. Their winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, has been entrusted with enticing the very best from these unique properties.
Currently the Zevenwacht range of wines includes Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The slopes of Zevenwacht not only produce wines, but also mark the site of one of the Cape’s most remarkable Commercial enterprises – The Tin Mines which operated here in the years leading up to the First World War.
The shafts and machinery from that venture still remain on Zevenwacht bearing eloquent testimony to this impressive undertaking. A white blend and a red blend are made from top quality grapes exclusively from vineyards on these sites. As a result a specific sense of place finds expression in the complexity and richness of these two Tin Mine blends.
Meet the Winemaker – Jacques Viljoen:
Jacques comes from a family dedicated to viticulture which is where his passion for winemaking and vineyard development were firmly entrenched. After completing his BSc. Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch he carried out his practical internship at Bergkelder. He has also undertaken harvests in France and has travelled to the wine regions in Europe to broaden his horizons.
After gaining practical experience at the Bergkelder and Annandale Wine Estate, Jacques became Assistant Winemaker at Zevenwacht, a position he held until 2005 when he took charge of the Zevenwacht Cellars.
Jacques uses his creative flair in the winemaking process but is the first to acknowledge his Assistant Winemaker Charles and their small, skilled cellar team with the regular accumulation of awards. He keeps an open mind on developing new vineyards and winemaking techniques without restricting his focus to any single varietal.
Jacques has built up a highly regarded wine brand for Zevenwacht and under the mentorship of consultant, Chris Keet, has recently introduced the Z Collection – a small quantity of top quality wines – namely a Bordeaux style white and red blend.
Zevenwacht 7even Series:
Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc 2016
A dry, elegant, refreshing fruit driven wine. A perfect combination of greener sweeter fruits with a beautiful density on the palate and a zesty lime citrus finish.
Zevenwacht 7even Rood 2015
A luscious lifestyle wine with hints of red raspberry fruit and white pepper spice, giving a first impression of red berries and chocolate with slight cedar wood undertones. Soft pliable tannins lend subtle support to the structure, yet are unobtrusive on the succulent palate.
Zevenwacht 7even Bouquet Blanc 2017
Golden colour. A perfumed nose with lots of fruit, floral and spicey aromas. Flavours of litchi, lime and yellow fruit. A complex aromatic wine, with well-balanced sugar and acidity, this wine provides a long crisp finish with layers of fruit and floral tones.
Zevenwacht 7even Rosé 2016
A wine with a delicate, beautiful salmon pink colour. Rose petals on the nose with fresh ripe strawberries on the palate – a long lingering fresh taste. A delicious lifestyle wine, elegant and soft.
Zevenwacht 7even Pinotage 2015
A vibrant, Pinotage with chocolate, plum and dark cherry aromas that follow through on the palate. A well integrated wine with firm dark chocolate tannin.
For a more robust and complex blend, try the Zevenwacht Tin Mine:
Ripe and exotic, a distinctive, spicy wine that is rich and subtly oaked, with a slight aroma of roasted almonds. The Chardonnay gives superb lime-citrus flavors; the Viognier lends a delicate perfume of dried peaches and apricots while the Roussanne and Chenin act like salt and pepper, spicing things up!!
Purple red in colour, with the nose that exudes aromas of violets, dried spices and concentrated black prunes with a slow release of red cranberry and dark chocolate. The palate impresses with density on entry matched with persistent yet supple tannins – a multi layered wine. This texture is perfectly offset by balanced acidity that allows for a remarkable length of finish.
Experience the rest of the offerings, in the Zevenwacht Flagship Range:
Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Clear and bright with a lime green tinge in colour, with complex aromas of crushed fig leaves, intense green guava skin and granadilla. The palate shows abundant granadilla, guava and riper green fig with a gooseberry oiliness, accentuated by a juicy, zesty grapefruit like citrus finish. The fresh acidity carries the fruit to the back of the palate and prolongs the lingering after-taste.
Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016
clear and bright wine with hints of lime and gold. The palate is both rich and refreshing and contains elements of honey, nuts and ripe pineapple and hints of yellow peach. The wine is classically dry, yet luxuriously silky with superb viscosity and length.
Zevenwacht Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
A bright wine with hints of lime and gold in colour. This Chardonnay has superb and distinctive flavours of citrus and pear with a subtle oak aroma of roasted almonds. The palate and nose are both rich and refreshing with a combination of lime-citrus and white pear flavours. This classically dry and silky wine has superb viscosity and length.
Zevenwacht Syrah 2015
When to Enjoy: With a delicious meal to savour the intensity of this wine.
How to Serve: At a pleasing 16° – 18° (not too cold and not our summer room temperature)
Our Meal Suggestions: Warm and vibrant white and black pepper undertones allure you to the mouth-filling flavours of black fruits, sweet violet and jasmine spice finishing with hints of white pepper. Its velvety feel leaves you mesmerized.
Zevenwacht Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This wine is big, bold and full-bodied with intense aromas of black bramble berries, black currant with a hint of blue berries and tobacco cigar box undertones. Oak aromas are well integrated and add to the complexity of the wine with underlying cedar and cigar box notes. Dark blackberry and plum flavours dominate the palate, followed by hints of cacao. A firm yet well integrated tannin structure and lingering finish.
Zevenwacht Merlot 2014
Rich and generous with plush concentrated flavours of plums, chocolate and a combination of red and black cherries. Layers of red fruit, strawberries and hints of red cherries that cover the palate from start to finish. For those with a fondness for a softer yet full-bodied Merlot, then this is your investment wine – a wine that, with maturation, will reward you handsomely.
Award Winning Wines
Zevenwacht strikes gold at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (published 18 September 2017)
Two Gold Awards have been awarded to the
- Zevenwacht Syrah 2015 and
- Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2017,
a Silver Outstanding for the
- 7even Syrah 2015,
Silver Awards for the
- Zevenwacht Chardonnay 2016,
- Zevenwacht Cabernet Sauvignon 2014,
- Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 ,
- 7even Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and
- 7even Pinotage 2015 and
two Bronze Awards for the
- Tin Mine White 2016 and Tin Mine Red 2014.
The aim of the IWSC is to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide as well as encourage recognition for quality products. Entries into the Competition are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide and each sample is tasted blind and judged according to its class.
As a result of the IWSC setting the international benchmark for quality, achieving an award in this competition is highly commended.
Zevenwacht are delighted with their results as it highlights the distinctive characteristics and quality across its range of wines. In particular the Gold Awards for Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc reflect the in-depth vineyard and cellar practices implemented to deliver specific varietal characteristics.
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