Springfield Thunderchild Merlot Cab Franc Cab Sauv 2019
In 1918 in the wake of the Great Flu Epidemic an orphanage, Die Herberg, was built by the Robertson community for the children left orphaned and destitute. In 2003 a 5hectare vineyard was planted on the orphanage’s grounds by the same community. All planting material, soil preparation and irrigation were donated.
This blend is made for free by sympathetic cellars and sold in aid of the children, who today are no longer all orphans but mainly from broken homes. 100% of the grapes for this blend is grown on the orphanage’s grounds and 100% of the profit is donated to the children.
Only true audited costs are remunerated, time and effort cannot be recompensed.
This classical blend was created by using the ancient technique of fermenting uncrushed berries with native yeast from the grapes. After aging for one year in French barrels, it was bottled without finings or filtration. A further 12 months bottle aging took place prior to release.
Vintage 2019 Vineyard 35% Cabernet Franc 34% Cabernet Sauvignon 31% Merlot Origin Robertson, South Africa Oenology Harvested at full seed ripeness. Cold macerated uncrushed in open fermenters for 10 days. Punched through twice daily. 3 Weeks alcoholic fermentation. Only free run used. 100% Malolactic fermentation spontaneously in barrel. 12 Months wood maturation. Filtration None Analysis Alcohol 13% Acidity 6,29 g/L pH 3,45 RS 1,82 g/ L FSO₂ 40mg/l at bottling Terroir
Soil: Chalk and Calcrete Formations Climate: Moderate summer with low night temperatures. Cold winter Wind:Cool South Easterly (summer)
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