Qvevri Red 2019

R275.00 / 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: 52% Grenache, 30% Syrah & 18% Mourvedre

WINEMAKING: The grapes were harvested between 22° and 23 °B; The varieties were vinified separately; Destemmed Grenache and whole bunch Syrah and Mourvèdre were placed in the Qvevri; The wine was punched down daily during fermentation and left on the skins for 1-3 months, before a light pressing took place; The wine was then aged in the Qvevri for a year. In February 2020 the wines were removed from the Qvevri, blended and bottled.

ALCOHOL: 12%; PH: 3.46; TA: 5.3

CORNé SAYS: A mélange of succulent red fruit – raspberry, mulberry, 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, abundance of fruit, 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.

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