Abrie Bruwer, winemaker and viticulturist at Springfield Estate, has a fan club, and for good reason. Quality is assured, and if the wine doesn't meet Bruwer's stringent standards, it isn't released. Although the Cabernet has its loyal following, this innovative estate is best known for its unusual approach to white wines, especially Chardonnay. The Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay 2009 is made in the original Burgundy style, a technique that uses wild yeast and no fining/filtration. It has tropical fruit flavors, layered with lime and cream. The creamy Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2011, with its all-natural fermentation, is an unwooded version of the above and comes highly recommended. Another great white is the 2013 Special Cuvée. It originates from the estate's prime Sauvignon Blanc vineyard and has notes of passion fruit and nettle.
R317, to Bonnievale, Robertson, 6705, South Africa