Newsletter – February 2015

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The 2015 harvest is in full swing here on the estate. We believe that good wine is grown, not made, and it looks like our hard work in the vineyard is paying off. The grapes that are coming in are juicy, healthy and full of flavour, and overall we are very pleased with the quality of the harvest so far. At Springfield our harvest starts in the early hours of the morning. Our grapes are in the climate-controlled cellar within 20 minutes of being picked, leaving little chance for those precious varietal flavours and characteristics to start to change in the heat. Have a scroll through the pics above to see what a typical 5am looks like on Springfield at harvest time.

A new year is for new beginning, changes and challenges. Our recently released white blend, Miss Lucy, is garnering rave reviews, and if you have not gotten a bottle and tried it for yourself, then you are truly missing out.An online shop for the entire Springfield range is coming soon, so watch this space!

On the other hand, it is with great sadness that we have to announce that the 2010 Pinot Noir is sold out. The Springfield Pinot Noir has always been an enigma. A tiny parcel of vines, struggling in incredibly rocky soil, the Pinot Noir vineyard is our true love and the thorn in our side at the same time. We have only released 2 vintages in the past 10 years of making it. Some years, it ripens at exactly the same time as our Sauvignon Blanc, and we aren’t able to get the grapes off the vineyard in time. Some years, our wine maker has felt that the wine is not exactly how he desires it to be. Other years, we had ’tasted’ all the stock before we could release the wine. However, when we do manage to release a vintage, it proves to be something magical, something unique. Thanks to your amazing support, we sold out of the 2010 vintage in the short space of 7 months. We look forward to the next vintage, whenever it may be – trust us, you will be the first to know.

We hope your new year started with a bang, and that those new running shoes are still being put to use one month down the line. If all else fails, remember that a recent study found that a glass of red wine a day is the equivalent to an hours exercise – so go get a bottle of Whole Berry and start training!