Cosmic circles connecting the celestial to soil
Sparkling with joy, this fresh, versatile Brut is full of the verve that comes from Avondale’s holistic way of making delicious, natural wines. Armilla embodies our celebration of life on the farm.
Armilla is made from Chardonnay grapes from 8-to-20 year old organically-grown vines that have a low yield of 6 to 8 ton of healthy, balanced fruit.
The Making of Armilla
The grapes were hand-picked in the cool early morning at 18˚ to 19˚ Balling. Whole bunches were pressed, the juice settled and then racked to stainless steel tanks for natural fermentation. 10% was fermented in French oak barrels and blended back. A portion of reserve wine was added. The blended wine was left on the lees for 24 months, after which it was bottled to allow second fermentation in glass. The wine stayed on the lees in glass for 12 months before it was disgorged. In line with tradition, a dosage was added.
Armilla is vibrant with flavours of apple pie and biscuit, with a touch of lemon zest and honey. A superb integration of acidity allows for a dry and complex palate that is full of freshness and elegance.
Armilla bears Avondale’s logo, a rendition of the Armillary sphere, an ancient astronomical instrument used to show the position of stars around the earth. It represents Avondale’s holistic approach to life on our farm where, from the minerals in the soil to the stars in the skies, all is combined in an energised, living system.