Avondale, Qvevri Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre 750ml 2018South Africa, Paarl
Avondale is family owned and run wine estate in Paarl, South Africa. Avondale specialise in top flight extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature where they make natural slow wines with the utmost attention to detail and unique in character.
'50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the Grenache left on the skins for one month, the Syrah and Mourvèdre, total maturation about a year. Black cherry, fynbos, earth and spice on the nose while the palate shows pure fruit, fresh acidity and firm, grippy tannins. Has a “rawness” about it but again no shortage of flavour.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100
'Abundance of succulent red fruit - raspberry, mulberry, strawberry with violets and spice as result from the whole-bunch. Unmistakable minerality and earthiness from the Qvevri on the nose are very inviting. This carries through on the palate with a bright natural acidity which gives a wonderful freshness and drinkability to the wine. The wine has a great balance between the fine tannins of the whole bunch/bright natural acidity/abundance of fruit/ earthiness that keeps you intrigued and wanting more.' – Winemaker
10 to 20-year-old vines, cultivated organically. The vines yielded 8 tons per hectare.
The grapes were picked between 22° and 23 °B and each variety was treated seperately. Grenache was destemmed into Qvevri, with a daily punch down during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 1 month, then pressed and went back in Qvevri to age. The Syrah and Mourvedre went whole bunch into Qvevri with a daily punch down during fermentation. After 3 months on stems and skins the wine was pressed and went back in Qvevri to age. All 3 components were taken out of Qvevri in Feb 2019 after approximately a year, blended and bottled.
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