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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.

35% Cabernet Franc
34% Cabernet Sauvignon
31% Merlot
Robertson, South Africa
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.
Alcohol 13%
Acidity 6,29 g/L
pH 3,45
RS 1,82 g/ L
FSO₂ 40mg/l at bottling

Soil: Chalk and Calcrete Formations
Climate: Moderate summer with low night temperatures. Cold winter
Wind:Cool South Easterly (summer)

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