Avondale Samsara Syrah 2011


Samsara means ‘to flow on’ and pass through the states of life and death. This evolutionary journey through eternal birth and rebirth is how life develops consciousness and fulfilment. A wine deep in character, we named our incarnate Syrah, Samsara as it represents the perpetual renewal and revitalisation of Avondale’s living system.

Samsara is made from Shiraz grapes of organically-grown vines that range from 11 to 18 years of age. They provide low yields of 4 to 8 tons of healthy, balanced fruit.

The grapes were harvested in whole-bunched fermented which adds unique body and length to the wine. The balance was gently de-stemmed and went into tanks for 2 to 3 days before natural fermentation begun. Following the natural fermentation cycle, we allowed warmer ferments peaking between enabled a long post-fermentation maceration that took place over 25 to 30 days. Thereafter the wine was taken to 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill 225-litre French Oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged in barrels for 12 to 16 months and lightly filtered before bottling.

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 spectacularly well-balance and carries an exceptional fruit-driven palate. The whole bunch fermentation results in firm tannins and good acid which gives the wine an unbelievable length.

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