The Stars Shine Bright For Avondale Maiden Vintage MCC

Celebrating the symphony of nature in wine, Avondale has released the latest Mèthode Cap Classique in its portfolio. Although the Paarl producer, renowned for its adherence to sensitive, all-natural winemaking practices, has made MCC wine since 2003, all have been non-vintage – until now.

The maiden vintage Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009 is a supreme expression of elegance and balance, and testimony to the heritage and life-affirming philosophies of the farm. The wine’s delectable flavours, heightened with fresh effervescent acidity, recall hazelnut bread, fresh quince and gardenias that linger in a multi-layered, velvet finish.

“We’re tremendously excited about this new creation,” says Avondale proprietor Johnathan Grieve, adding that the MCC comes in a new, refined bottle shape too. “All the threads that represent Avondale at its most excellent are evident here: the influence of the stars; a handcrafted style; limited volume; and, the use of naturally organic processes.

“The extended lees contact in particular makes the Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009 exceptionally well integrated in flavour and structure. The wine has depth of character and richness without being heavy. It’s fresh, lively and multi-faceted,” Grieve says.

Grieve pioneered the organic-biodynamic-scientific farming approach he calls BioLOGIC®. It works as a dynamic system in which soil and water, plants, animals and people, and energy are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent. Guided by the Avondale ethos of “Terra Est Vita”, or “Soil is life”, Grieve bases his system on the simple but profound principle that healthy soil produces healthy plants.

Underscoring this awareness, Avondale is organically certified by Control Union Certifications according to USDA NOP and EU Organic standards. No pesticides or herbicides whatsoever are used on the farm.

This is the environment that gave birth to the Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009, whose credentials are emblazoned on the bottle in the Avondale logo, the Armillary sphere. Like its name, the sphere refers to an ancient astronomical instrument and represents Avondale’s holistic approach.

The wine itself is made from Chardonnay grapes, organically grown on vines ranging in age between eight and 20 years. It’s a low sulphur wine and has only its natural acidity. It was aged on the lees for five years.

The wine’s lineage has also been preserved. “We always retain a small proportion of each MCC to add into the next new wine, so we’ve managed to retain the essence of our first MCC, of 2003,” says Grieve.

Ideal with food or by itself, the Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009 is the perfect choice for all occasions. It sells from the cellar and at leading retailers across the country, for around R200 a bottle.

Avondale is a 300 year old, family-run farm that is situated on Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl – on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains. For more information, visit; phone 021 863 1976; follow on Twitter @AvondaleWine; or, visit The Avondale Tasting Room is open from Monday through to Saturday from 10h00 to 16h00. Learn more from Johnathan Grieve’s blog at

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