Breede River Valley, South Africa

Breede River Valley, South Africa

The Breede River Valley is tracked along its northern bank by the Langeberg Mountains. The area’s two principal winegrowing districts Worcester and Robertson straddle the banks of the river, the all-important irrigation source.

The district of Worcester boasts the largest area of vineyards in the country. Most vines here were initially planted along the fertile river banks, with brandy production their chief purpose. However, the varietal mix, vineyard sites, wine styles, and, most importantly, producer attitudes are now changing. While Chenin Blanc and Colombard remain the major varieties, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Shiraz are not far behind. Hillside vineyards are now producing lower yields of better fruit.

Robertson, the region’s other main district, has a lot of limestone which is ideal for its Chardonnay produced still, and sparkling. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz do very well here, with bright fresh fruit, and firm but friendly tannins.

Springfield estate is a vibrant, family run wine farm. It is owned by the Bruwer family, 9th generation of the French Brueres who came to South Africa from the Loire, France in 1688 with bundles of vines under their arms. The wines of Springfield estate are all about the rocky, unforgiving terroir in Robertson and stand head and shoulders above most producers for sheer quality.

Springfield Estate Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 14% alc,

Normally €22.50 Sale Special €15.50

Rich aromas and flavours of red and black berry fruits; Blackcurrants, blackberry, red and black plums with deliciously sensitive oaking. There is certainly a purity of fruit to this velvety wine. If you like velvety smooth wines that have rich fruits , you will like this wine…If you like pure fruity wines with sensitive oaking you will love this wine…

Perfect solo or with grilled meats, steak, lamb chops or cheese..

Delicious De Cecco Pastas and sauces available in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence…


This Week’s Snippet of Info…

Best wines for beginners to start with…

White: Pinot Grigio or Riesling as both are light and easy to drink with delicious apple fruit.

Red: Bardolino or Beaujolais Nouveau; lovely light red fruits that are light on alcohol as well as on the palate.


Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon

And good independent Off Licences