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Springfield Estate Chardonnay Methode Ancienne 2012

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4.5 stars - John Platter Brother and sister team Abrie and Jeanette Bruwer are the complete opposite of your typical university trained have-cultured-yeast-will-travel flying winemakers. Their wines are all about their rocky, unforgiving terroir in Robertson and stand head and shoulders above most producers for sheer quality. Their obsession is reflected in Abrie's philosophy; "I only want to sell wine I am proud of and I will only get a limited number of chances to do that in my life." Springfield Estate Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay is in the ancient style of Burgundy, rarely is this technique with wild yeast 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. Tropical fruit nuances layered by lime and cream - a big wine with classical character.

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Springfield Estate:
Springfield Estate is a winery located in Robertson Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa that has been in the Bruwer family (descendants of Bruères of the Loire, France) for four generations. The grapes for these handcrafted wines are grown in lime-rich soils with rocky, clay and sandy elements. The nearby Breede River acts as a climate moderator, cooling the vineyards in the hea... Read more
Springfield Estate is a winery located in Robertson Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa that has been in the Bruwer family (descendants of Bruères of the Loire, France) for four generations. The grapes for these handcrafted wines are grown in lime-rich soils with rocky, clay and sandy elements. The nearby Breede River acts as a climate moderator, cooling the vineyards in the heat of summer to balance the fruit. Their motto: “from the grape to the bottle with care and passion.” The estate specializes in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux blends and Pinot Noir.  Read less

Member Reviews for Springfield Estate Chardonnay Methode Ancienne

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Snooth User: npanuch
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/25/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: kybecca
39921124
5.00 5
Vintage: 1999 12/28/2007

The quality of this wine is extraordinarily high, and even at $55+ it is an excellent value. Estate grown, made, and bottled by 9th generation French winemakers. It is a South African gem with the soul of a Frenchman. kybecca.com


External Reviews for Springfield Estate Chardonnay Methode Ancienne

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2005 08/02/2011

Farbe: Helles Gelb; Bouquet: Vanille, Pfirsich, Honigzeltli, Limetten; Körper: crèmig und komplex, leichte Süssnuancen halten sich perfekt die Waage mit der vitalen Säure


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Vintage: 1999 07/02/2008

This wine is a stunning achievement. An old world style wine clearly influenced by French wine-making, yet has its own distinct personality.



4.5 stars - John Platter Brother and sister team Abrie and Jeanette Bruwer are the complete opposite of your typical university trained have-cultured-yeast-will-travel flying winemakers. Their wines are all about their rocky, unforgiving terroir in Robertson and stand head and shoulders above most producers for sheer quality. Their obsession is reflected in Abrie's philosophy; "I only want to sell wine I am proud of and I will only get a limited number of chances to do that in my life." Springfield Estate Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay is in the ancient style of Burgundy, rarely is this technique with wild yeast 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. Tropical fruit nuances layered by lime and cream - a big wine with classical character.

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