Set in the heart of the mountain-ringed Robertson Valley in South Africa's Western Cape Province, Springfield Estate is a vibrant, family-run wine farm. It is owned by the Bruwer family, fourth-generation wine farmers and ninth-generation descendants of the Bruères, French Huguenots who came to South Africa from the Loire in 1688 with bundles of vines under their arms.
The lime-rich soil on the estate ranges from extremely rocky to clay, with sandy soil next to the Breede River where vineyards are protected against floods by low dikes. The climate in this area can be harsh and extreme. The southeaster blows the ocean air in from the Atlantic over 100 km away and this produces variable summer temperatures of around 30 ºC during the day to 15 ºC and below at night. The lower lying vines, such as those in the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, are prone to frost during the growing period and a low annual rainfall of around 200 mm means that controlled irrigation is essential to relieve grape stress. These conditions are ideal for keeping alive natural yeasts present on the grapes, and to ensure an abundance of organic material in the vineyards. (Source: www.springfieldestate.com)
Vinexus - Infinity of Wine Duitsland This Chardonnay is made in the ancient style of Burgundy, rarely is this technique with wild yeat and no fining/filtration used in the new world. Thus, a wine of distinctive and classical character, it will develop slowly and is made to last (we hope!) a lifetime. Stunning 2005 has intense lees, tropical flavours, finishing with complex minerality, uplifting acid twist.Information: Do not serve too cold, Bouquet will develop in glass from initially restrained to a full expression after 10 minutes. This wine is so to say alive inside the bottle and should be cellared lying down below 15ºC. The wax on the cork should be removed by chipping it with a knife prior to opening. With time decanting may become necessary as slight crystals and sediment may form. "