Avondale Anima Chenin Blanc 2016
Anima is made from certified organic Chenin Blanc grapes. Our vines range between 11 and 35 years of age, and provide low yields of between 4 and 8 tons of healthy, balanced grapes.
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. 15-20% of the grapes were whole bunch fermented in amphora which adds unique body and length to the wine. After fermentation the wine was kept on the lees for 12 months with regular battonage.
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.
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