Quite deep and concentrated on the nose, it opens up on the palate to reveal crisp cassis fruit with smoky edges and a hint of green pepper all hung on a ripe firm structure. Excellent balance.
This wine is a blend of 4 different grape varieties, the most dominant being Merlot followed by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a tiny amount of Petit Verdot. It has deep ‘cigar box’ and cassis aromas with soft yet concentrated flavours of red and dark fruit, green peppers and a long finish. Springfield’s very own Bordeaux Blend.
Time - The lost element in today’s winemaking, can be so precious - yet it is free. It was our desire to produce a Bordeaux Blend and so we planted the classic varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. These vines were planted on carefully selected sites and took 9 years to reach a level of maturity which we felt comfortable to use for the maiden vintage (2001).
The grapes were fermented whole with native yeasts (true to our ancient custom) and left for 5 weeks on their skins. A slow 2 years of barrel maturation followed and a further 4 years of bottle maturation. Finally, we released this wine rich, classic and complex from age of vines and wine.
This long wait, justified only by our passion, does bear fruit. It’s called “The Work of Time”.
Harvested at full seed ripeness. Cold macerated uncrushed in open fermenters for 10 days. Punched through 3 times daily. 3 Weeks alcoholic fermentation. Only free run used. 100% Malolatic fermentation spontaneously in barrel. 24 Months barrel maturation in 1st and 2nd fill Sequin Moreau 300l. 4 Years bottle maturation at 14°C.
32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot