Springfield Estate - Vegan Friendly Wines
In this day and age, we are all becoming increasingly aware of how our lifestyle and the consumption that goes with it affects the world around us.
Global warming, once just an abstract threat, is now a major concern, and as humans with the ability and privilege to make informed decisions, we should do everything in our power to help protect our planet.
Many people choose to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for this very reason - eating a plant-based diet has great contributions to the reduction of greenhouse gases, water usage and environmental destruction, and even just adding a few plant-based meals a week will greatly help reduce your environmental footprint.
What many people trying to make more eco-friendly decisions don’t know, is that not all wines are vegan friendly. Most winemakers choose to clarify and stabilise their wines in a process known as fining. There are sound reasons for doing this: fining a wine not only makes it look clear, but also lowers the risk that it will take on unwanted flavours and aromas in the bottle before it is opened. The problem comes in that some fining agents used in this process, are derived from animals - such as isinglass (fish bladders), gelatine, casein (milk protein) and albumen (egg whites). As a fining agent is added to wine, and then removed again, it is not necessary to indicate this as an ingredient on the label, and so it is not always clear if a wine is vegan or vegetarian friendly.
At Springfield Estate, most of our white wines are fined with bentonite, which is a type of clay, while others, such as the Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay, are made in the traditional methods of our ancestors, and are therefore unfiltered and unfined.
When it comes to our red wines, we try to work as naturally and traditionally as possible. Our grapes are not crushed our pressed, but macerated whole and fermented on the skins with 100% natural wild yeast. By not crushing or pressing the grapes, tannin extraction is much more passive and allows us to make wines that have softer, smoother tannin structures, without the bitterness or harshness one would get from crushing the seeds and stems. We further try and encourage this gentleness in our wines by not filtering or fining our reds - they are merely racked from the barrels until clear, and no fining methods are used - making the wines naturally vegan.
We are very happy to share that all current vintages of our wines are vegan friendly:
Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Miss Lucy White blend 2017
Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2017
Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay 2016
Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Springfield Pinot Noir 2015
Work of Time Bordeaux Blend 2011
We hope that you enjoy our wines with your conscience at ease - now just to not feel guilty for not sharing, but that is for a different day!