Avondale make extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature. Their ethos, Terra Est Vita meaning ‘Soil is Life’ encapsulates their view as a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy; plants, animals and people; even their buildings, are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent.
Avondale is certified organic and they practice bio-dynamic agriculture; but they go beyond both these beneficial systems of natural farming by also using the best 21st Century science, technology and knowledge to enhance sustainability.
Anima has a nose that develops intriguingly in the glass. Winter melon, pineapple, lime and a hint of honey confirm the elegance and fullness of this softly wooded, supple Chenin Blanc. The palate is dense with fresh fruit flavours of gooseberry, quince and peach, all harmonising superbly with the soulful minerality that gives this wine its name.
Armilla is rich and round on the palate: a perfect balance of toasty, warm, hazelnut bread and fresh quince and gardenia. The fresh effervescent acidity is crisp and lively on the palate; complemented by a full velvety mouth feel – layer after layer after layer.
A blend of three flavourful varieties, Camissa arrests the nose with rose petals, scented pelargonium and fresh red fruits of the earth. Hints of Turkish Delight and lemon zest attest to the perfect acidity of this wine; for Camissa may appear sweet but it finishes completely dry.
With a soft, rich nose of violets and peach, and just a hint of frangipani, Cyclus holds all the promise of a quality White Blend. This is beautifully carried through to the palate where the intense flavours of pear, pineapple, apricot and fig are rounded off with smooth, subtle oak for a creamy, long-structured finish.
This is a great wine of seamless elegance. Layers of mineral intense fruit, infused with gentle tannins are uplifted with fresh acidity uniting in a glorious fusion of full-bodied flavour. The dark purple colour infused with classic berry flavours and a hint of tobacco embody the vital elements so sought after in the great wines of Avondale.
Soft wood and white pepper, violets, vibrant red berries and orange peel arrest the nose. Samsara is full yet well-integrated with hints of plum and cherry, cloves, cinnamon and pepper. This wine is spectacular well-balanced and carries an exceptional fruit-driven palate. The whole bunch fermentation results in firm tannins and good acid which gives the...