A fruit phase in the lunar tasting calendar began on Tuesday and ended late last night with a shift into a root phase so perhaps why the 2009 and 2010 vintages of the white blend called Cyclus from Paarl property Avondale looked particularly good over supper.
Jonathan Grieve, Avondale GM and viticulturist strongly advocates the calendar, saying “wine is a living product which responds to the Zodiac’s rhythms in the ways that all organisms do” – he charts the phases so you can plan when best to have your next tasting here.
Avondale Cyclus 2009
Viognier dominated, rest Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Semillon. 60% fermented and matured for 10 to 11 months in 500-litre French oak. Great fruit expression (peach, bruised apple, pineapple) but also more savoury notes such as nuttiness and spice. Zippy line of acidity.
Avondale Cyclus 2010
Not yet released.
Viognier dominated, rest Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Semillon. 100% fermented and matured for 12 months in 500-litre French oak. Ripe peach, spice and some leesy, waxy notes. Very expressive, rich and broad but still balanced.