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'Outstanding, if not, in Australia’s leading sect for this fascinating variety. There’s a serious wine here. Peach iced tea, bergamot, rose hips, faint strawberry in perfume, a collision of scents that has you guessing but pleased.'
94 Points - Mike Bennie
Avani is the project of Mornington Peninsula winemakers Shashi and Devendra Singh. Together they own and operate a thumb-tack sized winery, set just off the back of the massive Kooyong cellar-door. Shashi worked side by side with Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip and counts him as one of the guiding forces behind their 'garagiste' label. Focusing mostly on bio-dynamics, minimal intervention, skin-contact and low-sulfur regimes, Shashi has created wines that are inevitably brighter, livelier, fresher and persistent. When on-song, and in a vintage that creates the perfect conditions (not just in the vineyard, but in the winery where ferments are controlled solely by the weather on hand) they are wines that will make your mouth drop. Nothing is done by half measure, and the vivacious, expressive flavours on display are otherworldly.
The Amrit range utilises all locally sustainably grown fruit.
The vineyard is located at an elevation of 204m above sea level on the Mornington Peninsula (Red Hill South, Victoria). The site was planted in 1987 on gentle north facing slopes of clay loam and tertiary basalt. The 4 hectare site is non-irrigated and features only one variety, shiraz.
Avani's aim is to make a wine that provides a true expression of the site.
In this regard they have adopted biodynamic practices in the vineyard, as well as, minimal interference in our winemaking.
The winemaking process involves using 100% de-stemmed grapes, pre-maceration for 7-8 days and wild yeast fermentation for 7-10 days.
During the process, there is no fining or filtration of the wine. Post maceration is carried out for between 7-28 days depending on the vintage. The wine is matured in 2-3 year old French oak barrels for a period of 18 months. At this time, the wine is gravity fed hand bottled on the premises (from 2012).
Based on current yields they produce between 150 – 200 cases of wine per annum.
'Amrit is the outstanding Avani wines ‘second label’, but that’s downplaying things. It’s a side project, one could say, non-estate fruit, but carefully selected, sustainably grown, and then vinified on the home farm. There are two pinot gris under this label, one that sees some judicious skin contact (this one) and one that evidently gets time on lees and barrel but not the same maceration. They are both outstanding, if not, in Australia’s leading sect for this fascinating variety.
There’s a serious wine here. Peach iced tea, bergamot, rose hips, faint strawberry in perfume, a collision of scents that has you guessing but pleased. The palate has serious grip, chew, pucker, but never forgets fruitiness and, importantly, a herbal detail that says ‘this ain’t a white wine, it’s something entirely different’ (but good). I like that it extends long in the palate and feels more like a serious but light red wine, despite its ultra fresh feel and delicate fruit flavours. The message is, this is outstanding.'
94 Points - Mike Bennie
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