To produce Syrah Avani 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.
Avani is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning ‘the earth’. Planted in 1987 on north facing slopes on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Shashi Singh and her husband Devendra work their 4 hectare nonirrigated and low cropped vineyard Biodynamically and focus on producing cool-climate Syrah. Shashi has worked alongside Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip – and it shows. The biodynamic practices enable them to focus on soil health, protection of indigenous microbes and an environment of ecological self-sufficiency. Their approach is one of minimal interference using wild yeast fermentation with no fining, filtration or pumping, creating wines unique to their beliefs.