Vintage 2017

Anima, Avondale Wine

Avondale Wine
Product Code: AW10ZZWC

Tasting Notes

"ANIMA’S CHARACTER – 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." THE SOUL OF THE WORLD – The word Anima refers to the vital life force or soul. Our ethos “Terra Est Vita”- Soil is Life - is our acknowledgement that for us, soul animates everything on earth, from the minerals, through plants and animals to humans. We’ve called our Chenin Blanc, Anima because the lively minerals of Avondale’s soils give this wine its own delicious, spirited character and extraordinary finesse. ANIMA’S EMBLEM – This Tree of Life is a modern rendition of the evolutionary phylogenetic tree that shows how all life forms are interconnected through a complex set of relationships over deep time.

Profile

Chenin Blanc
13.5
SOUTH AFRICA
6
Cork
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            [Notes1] => "ANIMA’S CHARACTER – Anima has a nose that develops 
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THE SOUL OF THE WORLD – The word Anima refers to the vital life force or soul. Our ethos “Terra Est Vita”- Soil is Life - is our acknowledgement that for us, soul animates everything on earth, from the minerals, through plants and animals to humans. We’ve called our Chenin Blanc, Anima because the lively minerals of Avondale’s soils give this wine its own delicious, spirited character and extraordinary finesse. ANIMA’S EMBLEM – This Tree of Life is a modern rendition of the evolutionary phylogenetic tree that shows how all life forms are interconnected through a complex set of relationships over deep time.

            [Notes2] => Avondale was established on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains to the south of the town of Paarl and 60 kilometres north east of Cape Town. The estate currently has 70 hectares of land planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, Viognier, Rousanne and Chardonnay vines. The vineyards are certified organic but a number of biodynamic practices are employed as well. According to soil type, vines are planted in particular soil pockets in blocks of around one-hectare. Avondale has 13 different soil types on our land – from cool, dark loam to decomposed granite and decomposed sandstone; from no rock to 75% rock. Avondale makes use of up to 10 different mixes of cover crops, which includes the sowing of the seeds of indigenous plants, to create a vibrant, diverse plant community right in the vineyards.  
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            [MediaNotes] => James Suckling - 90 points	
Vinous - Neil Martin  - 90 Points	
Gilbert & Gaillard Awards - 93 Points	

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    The first vintage under the Avondale label was produced in 1999.
    In 2000, a catastrophic fire swept down the mountains.  Out of the ashes, rose the opportunity to truly sculpt the land and its natural systems in an unfettered, sustainable way.  Johnathan developed a unique approach to viticulture which he called ‘BioLOGIC®’.  He implemented organic and biodynamic practices – not for the sake of certification but because they worked to promote life on the farm.  Johnathan also looked to what modern science and technologies for sustainability could offer, and seamlessly blended these great ideas, knowledge and methodologies into his farming and wine-making.  Using Nature as model, mentor and measure, Johnathan built soil fertility, planted new vines and set about achieving the goal of making natural, delicious wines in a healthy, balanced environment.
    In 2003, a new state-of-the-art, gravity-flow cellar was built to facilitate a high quality, slow wine production process.

Every step of the way, a holistic, systems-based approach and fine attention to detail has ensured that today, Avondale makes extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature.
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Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’
At Avondale we practise sustainable and natural viticulture in line with our ethos Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’.  We know that for the land and the business to thrive, every aspect of our living system must also thrive.  In everything that we do, we uphold the key principle of Life – to constantly create conditions conducive to more Life.

We include our business partners and customers in our holistic view of our vineyard ecosystem and wine-making process.  We know that there is an ever-increasing network that cares, as we do, about both sustainability and quality.  We are inspired to hand-craft our organically-made, premium quality wines so that we ultimately offer customers an extraordinary experience approved by Mother Nature.
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    In 1997, John and Ginny Grieve, owners of Vital Health Foods, purchased the Avondale as their family farm.  Youngest son, Johnathan Grieve took up the challenge of transforming this long-used land into a robust, balanced vineyard ecosystem that would ensure that Avondale will support the lives of future generations.
    The first vintage under the Avondale label was produced in 1999.
    In 2000, a catastrophic fire swept down the mountains.  Out of the ashes, rose the opportunity to truly sculpt the land and its natural systems in an unfettered, sustainable way.  Johnathan developed a unique approach to viticulture which he called ‘BioLOGIC®’.  He implemented organic and biodynamic practices – not for the sake of certification but because they worked to promote life on the farm.  Johnathan also looked to what modern science and technologies for sustainability could offer, and seamlessly blended these great ideas, knowledge and methodologies into his farming and wine-making.  Using Nature as model, mentor and measure, Johnathan built soil fertility, planted new vines and set about achieving the goal of making natural, delicious wines in a healthy, balanced environment.
    In 2003, a new state-of-the-art, gravity-flow cellar was built to facilitate a high quality, slow wine production process.

Every step of the way, a holistic, systems-based approach and fine attention to detail has ensured that today, Avondale makes extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature.
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Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’
At Avondale we practise sustainable and natural viticulture in line with our ethos Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’.  We know that for the land and the business to thrive, every aspect of our living system must also thrive.  In everything that we do, we uphold the key principle of Life – to constantly create conditions conducive to more Life.

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    In 1997, John and Ginny Grieve, owners of Vital Health Foods, purchased the Avondale as their family farm.  Youngest son, Johnathan Grieve took up the challenge of transforming this long-used land into a robust, balanced vineyard ecosystem that would ensure that Avondale will support the lives of future generations.
    The first vintage under the Avondale label was produced in 1999.
    In 2000, a catastrophic fire swept down the mountains.  Out of the ashes, rose the opportunity to truly sculpt the land and its natural systems in an unfettered, sustainable way.  Johnathan developed a unique approach to viticulture which he called ‘BioLOGIC®’.  He implemented organic and biodynamic practices – not for the sake of certification but because they worked to promote life on the farm.  Johnathan also looked to what modern science and technologies for sustainability could offer, and seamlessly blended these great ideas, knowledge and methodologies into his farming and wine-making.  Using Nature as model, mentor and measure, Johnathan built soil fertility, planted new vines and set about achieving the goal of making natural, delicious wines in a healthy, balanced environment.
    In 2003, a new state-of-the-art, gravity-flow cellar was built to facilitate a high quality, slow wine production process.

Every step of the way, a holistic, systems-based approach and fine attention to detail has ensured that today, Avondale makes extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature.
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Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’
At Avondale we practise sustainable and natural viticulture in line with our ethos Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’.  We know that for the land and the business to thrive, every aspect of our living system must also thrive.  In everything that we do, we uphold the key principle of Life – to constantly create conditions conducive to more Life.

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    In 1997, John and Ginny Grieve, owners of Vital Health Foods, purchased the Avondale as their family farm.  Youngest son, Johnathan Grieve took up the challenge of transforming this long-used land into a robust, balanced vineyard ecosystem that would ensure that Avondale will support the lives of future generations.
    The first vintage under the Avondale label was produced in 1999.
    In 2000, a catastrophic fire swept down the mountains.  Out of the ashes, rose the opportunity to truly sculpt the land and its natural systems in an unfettered, sustainable way.  Johnathan developed a unique approach to viticulture which he called ‘BioLOGIC®’.  He implemented organic and biodynamic practices – not for the sake of certification but because they worked to promote life on the farm.  Johnathan also looked to what modern science and technologies for sustainability could offer, and seamlessly blended these great ideas, knowledge and methodologies into his farming and wine-making.  Using Nature as model, mentor and measure, Johnathan built soil fertility, planted new vines and set about achieving the goal of making natural, delicious wines in a healthy, balanced environment.
    In 2003, a new state-of-the-art, gravity-flow cellar was built to facilitate a high quality, slow wine production process.

Every step of the way, a holistic, systems-based approach and fine attention to detail has ensured that today, Avondale makes extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature.
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Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’
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About this product +

Producer >

Situated in the Paarl Valley, 60 kilometres north east of Cape Town, this 160 hectare estate has been cultivated for more than 300 years with records showing that the farm was one of the first in the region to be dedicated to producing wine grapes. Purchased by the Grieve family in 1997, their youngest son, Johnathan has overseen the property since the outset. Convinced by the importance of environmental harmony, he developed a motto ‘Terra est Vita’ or ‘Soil is Life’ and set about introducing organic and biodynamic practices. 70 hectares of the estate are planted with vines across 13 different soil types, ranging from loam to decomposed granite and sandstone. Varieties are matched to soil type and planted in one hectare blocks with each plot being vinified separately. The winery operates by gravity and no additives are used including less than half the normal doses of sulphites. 

Viticulture >

Avondale was established on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains to the south of the town of Paarl and 60 kilometres north east of Cape Town. The estate currently has 70 hectares of land planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, Viognier, Rousanne and Chardonnay vines. The vineyards are certified organic but a number of biodynamic practices are employed as well. According to soil type, vines are planted in particular soil pockets in blocks of around one-hectare. Avondale has 13 different soil types on our land – from cool, dark loam to decomposed granite and decomposed sandstone; from no rock to 75% rock. Avondale makes use of up to 10 different mixes of cover crops, which includes the sowing of the seeds of indigenous plants, to create a vibrant, diverse plant community right in the vineyards.

Winemaking >

"GRAPE VARIETY – Anima is made from certified organic Chenin Blanc grapes. Our vines range between 13 and 37 years of age, and provide low yields of between 4 and 8 tons of healthy, balanced grapes. THE MAKING OF ANIMA - The hand-picked, organically grown grapes were harvested at 22° - 23° Balling, whole bunch pressed and then naturally fermented in 500-litre French Oak barrels. 20% of the grapes were whole bunch fermented in Amphora and Qvevri which adds unique body and length to the wine. After fermentation the wine was kept on the lees for 12 months with regular battonage."

Awards +

James Suckling - 90 points
Vinous - Neil Martin - 90 Points
Gilbert & Gaillard Awards - 93 Points

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