Sevenhill Cellars began life as a producer of altar wine for the Jesuit community. As an atheist wine lover, I know it as a producer of consistently and exceptionally good, high quality wines, with a lower than usual price tag.
Since my arrival in Australia, we have been enjoying the Sevenhill Dry Sherry – one of the best Sherries I have ever tasted. I have now discovered a new delight, Basque 2004. Named after the homeland of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, this blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Touriga (think Port) surprised me slightly. It was not available for tasting as it is a special issue, so the tasting took place with my post-dinner cheese.
I have to confess that when I saw Shiraz and Grenache together, I assumed a Chateâneuf du Pape type of wine – and how wrong I was. This light wine, with a hint of sophisticated spice was perfect with my cheeses, two of which came from the Pyrenées, so Basque in themselves.
Brother John May and his winemaking team should be congratulated on yet another first-class product.
To conclude, please don’t rush out and try to buy this limited edition wine, at least until I have had time to obtain further stocks!