Stapleton & Springer, Moravia, Czech Republic
THE Springer family has been wingrowing in Boretice, Moravia, for 300 years. The current generation, which includes Jaroslav and his two sons Tomas and Jakub are undoubtedly producing some of the best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the country. All the fruit comes from their own 20-ha organically cultivated vineyards. With utmost care taken in the vineyards and all the fruit hand harvested, the aim is to least interfere in the winery.
Interestingly, the American sounding name as a prefix to theirs is that of the brothers Ben and Craig Stapleton from USA (Craig is the former US ambassador to the Czech Republic) with whom a joint venture was created in 2004 only for some financial support for the family. All decisions in vineyard and winery are solely of Jara’s and his sons. The main focus at the estate is decidedly Burgundian with the quality of the wines being comparable.
The vineyard plots of Čtvrtě, Bratáčky, Haltýřky, Záhřebenské, Lumperky and Trkmansko have 75% of Pinot Noir, 5% Saint Laurent, 5% Blauer Portugieser, and 10% Chardonnay. The aim is to gradually replace Blauer Portugieser and Sanit Laurent with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Terasy consists of Bratáčky, Haltýřky, Lumperky and Zahřebenské plots. It is located between the villages of Bořetice and Kobylí, and lies 210 metres above sea level. The soil is composed of loess, sandstone and sand. The vineyard faces south and south by southeast. There’s 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay here. The planting started in 2008 with Pinot Noir. Then it continued with Chardonnay in 2011 and in 2013-2014 another 6 hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They have10 types of Pinot Noir and four different clones of Chardonnay in this area.
The south-east-facing vineyard tract "Čtvrtě" rightly belongs among the highest-rated sites in the Czech Republic. It spreads over the contours of the hill between the wine communes of Bořetice and Vrbice at 206 metres above sea level. The soil here is clayey with loess deposits, combined with a singular microclimate, giving superb conditions for Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, cultivated on 2,3ha.
One of the largest vineyard tracts in the entire Czech Republic, this site is oriented towards the south-east at 220 metres above sea level. Soil is clayey with limestone and sandstone sub-soil. The varieties grown here are mainly Pinot Noir and some Blauer Portugieser. Total area 5.7 hectares.
Wines in the UK
Orange de Pinot Noir 2017
Ben’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
Tomas Springer ‘Čtvrte’, single vineyard 2016
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