Qvevri Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre 2018

R250.00 / bottle


Avondale is the first in South Africa to utilise Qvevri in our winemaking. These ancient clay vessels from the country Georgia dating back over 8000 years allows the wine to breathe as it ferments and as it ages in the clay brings a beautiful brightness of fruit and minerality to the wine.




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Avondale is the first in South Africa to utilise Qvevri in our winemaking. These ancient clay vessels from the country Georgia dating back over 8000 years allows the wine to breathe as it ferments and as it ages in the clay brings a beautiful brightness of fruit and minerality to the wine.
The Qvevri fits into Avondale’s slow winemaking philosophy and in this light characterful wine you will experience the unbridled grape flavour of our wines.

VINEYARDS: 10 to 20 year old vines, cultivated organically. The vines yielded 8 tons per hectare.

GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah & 15% Mourvedre

WINEMAKING:  The grapes were picked between 22° and 23 °B and each variety was treated separately. Grenache were destemmed into Qvevri, with a daily punch down during fermentation. The wine were 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 were pressed and went back in Qvevri to age. All 3 compoennts where taken out of Qvevri in Feb 2019 after more and less a year, blended and bottled.

CORNé SAYS: Abundance of succulent red fruit – raspberry, mulberry, strawberry with violets and spice as result from the whole-bunch. Unmistakable minerality /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

AGEING: Enjoy immediately but it will definitely enhance your cellar should you wish to lay it down for four years.

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