Sevenhill Cellars

Sevenhill Cellars was established by the Society of Jesus in 1851 and remains in Jesuit ownership. Two Austrian Jesuits arrived in South Australia in 1848, little knowing that their pioneering spirit and work ethic in the new land would lay the foundation for an enduring tradition of winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars.

Named after the Seven Hill district in Rome, 100 acres of land was purchased to plant vines that would provide sacramental wine to the parishes of the emerging colonies. Today, Sevenhill Cellars still produces sacramental wines, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of its annual production. The sacramental wines are made as naturally as possible, with minimal intervention in conformity with the requirements of Canon Law.

The winery also produces a diverse range of table wines that are recognised for the distinctive regional style that has given Clare Valley an international reputation. Modern winemaking skills and highly-prized vineyards are integral to Sevenhill Cellars’ philosophy of producing premium wines.

With more than 50,000 people visiting the cellar door each year, Sevenhill Cellars is a popular tourist destination. Visitors are drawn not only by the quality of the wine, but also by the vineyard’s distinctive heritage and spiritual character. Sevenhill Cellars’ historic buildings, including the winery and St Aloysius’ Church, as well as its picturesque lawns and gardens, ensure a rewarding visit.

Sevenhill Cellars’ Four Buckets range offers enjoyable wines at an affordable price. The label is named after the first wine press used at Sevenhill Cellars by the Jesuits, which held four buckets of grapes. The Inigo range honours St Ignatius, the Jesuits’ founder. Inigo wines are highly praised for expressing classic Clare Valley single varieties, including riesling, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot.

Made from Sevenhill Cellars’ best parcel of fruit, each vintage of Brother John May Reserve Release honours Brother John May, SJ. The wine was launched in 2008 with the release of a 2004 Shiraz to celebrate Brother John May’s completion of 45 vintages at Sevenhill Cellars.

TASTING NOTES

2017 Inigo Riesling

This riesling has characteristics of orange blossom, with punchy citrus flavours on the palate. With a crisp, dry finish and some texture on the middle palate that balances the zesty acidity, this wine truly captures the imposing qualities for which clare valley-produced riesling is so renowned.

2015 Inigo Shiraz

Lower yields from the 2015 vintage resulted in concentrated flavours that produced a rich varietal style for this refined shiraz. The intense dark-red fruits of this wine integrate smoothly with notes of white- pepper spice and grainy tannins. With patient cellaring, this wine will certainly go the distance.

2017 St Francis Xavier Single-Vineyard Riesling

This riesling was produced with fruit from the Weikert vineyard, which is one of Sevenhill cellars’ five riesling vineyards. The 2017 St Francis Xavier Single-vineyard riesling exemplifies the variety’s great purity and elegance with its floral style, delicate citrus character and lingering minerality.

2014 St Ignatius Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc

Aromas of violets, cloves and cigar boxes underline the prominence of the cabernet sauvignon in this wine’s composition. Flavours of red-berry fruit are the backbone of the palate, with an underlay of firm tannins. Matured in French oak, this wine can be confidently cellared for six to ten years.

 

 

  • Getting There: 111c College Road
  • Suburb: Sevenhill
  • Phone: (08) 8843 4222
  • Mobile: 0412 016 330
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.sevenhill.com.au
  • Cellar Door: Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online wine sales, guided walking tours, bike hire and a Shakespeare in the Vines performance each February



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