Country: South Africa Region: Robertson
Vintage: 2020 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Springfield Estate
Brother and sister team, Abrie and Jeanette Bruwer of Springfield Estate are the complete opposite of your typical university-trained winemakers. The Bruwers choose to take the path less travelled and go against the grain in order to make the sort of wines they want to drink. As Abrie says: ‘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.’
The Estate has been run by the Bruwer family for generations. The current brother-sister winemaking team are descendants of the Brueres, Frenchmen who came to South Africa from the Loire Valley armed only with vines in the 1600s. Today the Springfield approach involves sustainable viticulture, wild yeasts, long fermentations and a stubborn (but justified) belief that the rocky, unforgiving soils of Robertson are perfect for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. Long may Abrie and Jeanette continue!
92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
One of very few Albarinos in South Africa, this suggests the grape of Galicia and northern Portugal has a bright future in the Cape. Leesy and aromatic, with subtle reduction, lemongrass and white peach flavours and a pithy, almost sea salty finish. A wine that is showing more weight and concentration with every vintage. 2021-24
Food Matches: Seafood / Pork / Veal / Mussels