times of flood irrigation the vineyards were planted in a north-south direction.
Whole blocks of vineyards have been re-aligned and today noble cultivars are
planted in an east-west direction to ensure more even ripening, maximize protection
against the scorching sun and optimise the effect of a cool south-easterly breeze.
has often been said that vines deliver best where they have to battle for survival.
Hostile, rocky and unforgiving: this is the Springfield terroir. The ground
is so impermeable that it takes hard work and strong hands to plant the vines,
put up trellising poles and work organic material back into the soil. The soil,
like that in the prime regions of Burgundy and Sancerre, is high in lime. From
vines grown in this soil come grapes that showcase fruit. Other vineyards on
the clay banks of the Breede River that runs through the estate provide grapes
with concentration. Blended, these grapes produce wines with structure and body.
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practices include site-specific planting of virus-free clones, and careful
canopy management by using new pruning methods introduced after the winemaker's
visits to France where he learnt from the masters. Pruning encourages growth
in the new shoots which then hang down to shade grapes from the searing sun
in the Robertson Valley. At the same time it controls vigorous growth to ensure
that yields are kept low and that the vines are producing the best quality
fruit. Irrigation is used only to relieve stress. The rocky soil makes this
easy since vines planted in rocky soil show stress clearer than vines planted
in other soil types. Minimum spraying is applied and a platoon of ducks keeps
the vineyards free from snails.
vineyards have been replaced with new plantings of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and
Pinot Noir and Springfield now has an equal amount of white and red plantings
and production. In keeping with Springfield's philosophy of site-specific planting,
each vineyard is planted in a site with soil and wind conditions and average
temperatures considered best for the particular variety.
Low-yielding vines, established on calcareous outcrops deliver the perfect grapes
for the innovative and often risky natural-yeast fermented Méthode Ancienne
and Wild Yeast Chardonnay.
Blanc Springfield has two single-vineyard varietal
Sauvignon Blancs, each testimony to a site-specific terroir. Although situated
next to the Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, the Life From Stone vineyard
has a different altitude and average temperature, and is planted in completely
Franc The varietal of choice for the first replantings
in an east-west direction. Maiden vintage.
Extensive Merlot vineyards have been planted in the Red Karroo soils on
the estate. The first Merlot was pressed during the 2000 harvest.
Noir The Dijon 113 clone, planted on an extremely rocky
southerly slope, with narrow rows and close vine spacing. The first harvest
was in 2001.
Sauvignon Two thirds of the vineyards is planted in
rocky clay with an underlying rock bed, with the rest planted in lighter soils.
Combinations of clones have been used with the oldest vineyards earmarked for
the Méthode Ancienne Cabernet.