Qvevri Red 2022

R360.00 / Bottle


The Avondale Qvevri is a red blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (26%) and Mourvèdre (24%) grapes that are made in the unique clay Qvevri vessels. Avondale was the first South African wine farm to utilise Qvevri in our winemaking. These ancient clay vessels from Georgia date back over 8000 years. They allow the wine to breathe as it ferments and ages in the clay, resulting in a beautiful brightness of fruit and minerality to the wine.

DECANTER RATING: 93 Points – TO SEE OVERVIEW

JAMES SUCKLING RATING: 90 points




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Avondale was the first South African wine farm to utilise Qvevri in our winemaking. These ancient clay vessels from Georgia date back over 8000 years. They allow the wine to breathe as it ferments and ages in the clay, resulting in a beautiful brightness of fruit and minerality to the wine.

GRAPE VARIETIESQvevri is made from Grenache (43%), Syrah (27%) and Mourvèdre (30%) grapes. The vines range from 14 to 30 years of age and have low yields from 4 to 8 tons of healthy, balanced grapes.

THE MAKING OF QVEVRI – The grapes were harvested at 22˚ – 23˚ Balling; varieties were vinified separately; destemmed Grenache, whole bunch Syrah and Mourvèdre were placed in the Qvevri; the wines went through spontaneous fermentation and was gently punched down once per day. After which the wine was left on the skins for 1 to 3 months before a light pressing took place. The wine was aged for a year in the clay Qvevri before being blended and bottled.

ALCOHOL 12.5% PH – 3.35 TA – 5.3g/l

CORNé SAYS: You will find a mélange of succulent red fruit – raspberry, mulberry, and strawberry with violets and spice. Overlaid with the unmistakable minerality and earthiness from the Qvevri on the nose. This follows through on the palate with a bright natural acidity giving 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, an abundance of fruit, and earthiness that sparks an interest and intrigue in the flavour and finish of the wine.

AGEING: Whilst the wine is fresh and accessible now, it will develop complex secondary characteristics over time.

DECANTER RATING: 93 Points – TO SEE OVERVIEW

JAMES SUCKLING RATING: 90 points

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