Avondale Cyclus 2016
Cyclus is made from Roussanne (35%), Viognier (25%), Chenin Blanc (20%), Semillon (10%) and Chardonnay (10%) grapes. The vines range from 12 to 28 years in age, and have low yields from 4 to 8 tons of healthy, balanced grapes.
The grapes were harvested at 22 ̊ – 23 ̊ Balling, pressed as whole bunches and then naturally fermented in 500-litre oak barrels. 20% was fermented as whole bunches in Amphora which adds unique body, length and minerality to the wine. After fermentation the wine was kept on the lees for 12 months with regular battonage.
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 carried through to the palate where the intense flavours of pear, golden apple, spicy apricot and hints of clementine are rounded off with a beautiful minerality and ends in a creamy long-structured finish.