Avondale Cyclus 2009
By Christian Eedes, 20 May 2011
The main benefit of wine exhibitions for me is not the opportunity to check out the hot 30-something female professionals these events seem to attract, but rather to discover wines I might not ordinarily come across. Yesterday at the Wade Bales Wine Festival, the Avondale Cyclus 2009, a blend of 60% Viognier and the balance made up of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon, which underwent spontaneous fermentation, 60% spending 10 months in 500-litre barrels, the rest in tank. An arresting wine with both length and breadth and a wide range of flavours including baked apple and spice.