An eternal cycle of life
Samsara means ‘to flow on’ and pass through the states of life and death. This evolutionary journey through eternal birth and rebirth is how life develops consciousness and fulfilment. A wine deep in character, we named our incarnate Syrah Samsara, as it represents the perpetual renewal and revitalisation of Avondale’s living system.
Samsara is made from Syrah grapes of organically-grown vines that range from 10 to15 years of age. They provide low yields of 4 to 8 tons of healthy, balanced fruit.
The Making of Samsara
The fruits were harvested in the early mornings between 23˚ and 24˚ Balling. The grapes were de-stemmed, gently crushed and went into tanks for 2 to 3 days. Fermentation on the skins peaked between 30˚ and 32˚ Celsius and lasted from 7 to 10 days. Our healthy grapes enabled a long post-fermentation maceration that took place over 25 to 30 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in 225-litre French Oak barrels. These were 1st, 2nd and 3rd fills. There were a number of gentle rackings before ageing in the barrels for 12 to 16 months. The wine was lightly filtered.
Soft wood and white pepper, wild berries and fynbos arrest the nose. Samsara is full, round and undeniably grape-tasting with hints of mulberry and plum, clove and cinnamon. This wine has a spectacular balance of tannin, fruit and oak across a lengthy palate.
The well-known Celtic Tree of Life motif with branches and roots interwoven is symbolic of the continuous cycle of life. In its interconnectedness there is the strength and resilience that develops through experience and renewal.