Avondale Qvevri Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

R275.00 incl VAT

Out of stock

SKU: 58346 Category: Tags: , ,


The Qvevri Red Blend, is a Rhône-style blend driven by Grenache (50%), with smaller components of Syrah (35%) and Mourvèdre (15%). A combination of destemmed fruit and whole-bunch fermentation was used, with daily punch-downs to improve skin contact. The grapes were kept on the skins for between one (for the Grenache) and three months (for the Syrah and Mourvèdre), before being gently basket-pressed and returned to the Qvevri to mature on the lees until one year after harvest.

The result is a red wine lighter in style than others in the Avondale portfolio, yet delivering the same finesse, elegance and sense of place; here driven by bright red fruit on a foundation of Syrah spiciness.

“It’s Beaujolais in style, with lightness and freshness, but with more weight to it from a fruit perspective,” says Corne Marais, winemaker at Avondale since 2008. “Like the Qvevri Chenin Blanc it’s drinking beautifully now, but make no mistake these wines are going to be able to age if you choose to cellar them.”

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