Avondale, a family owned and managed wine estate based in Paarl, has
announced that it will be launching an exciting experiment in
conjunction with Platter's South African Wine Guide, that aims to test
an aspect of biodynamic wine-farming; the lunar tasting calendar.
The moon, which typically governs many aspects of biodynamic farming, is believed to play a role in how a wine will be experienced on certain days. According to the calendar, there are four specific cycles, namely fruit, root, flower and leaf. There are those who maintain that wine consumed in the period of a fruit cycle, for instance, will taste different when drank in the flower cycle.
Johnathan Grieve, Avondale Proprietor, says: “Believing that wine is a living product that responds to the moon’s rhythms in the ways that organisms do, it is particularly recognized that fruit and flower days are most beneficial to wine-tasting, while leaf, and especially root days are regarded as less favourable. With the help of our team of panellists, we have decided to test this theory in the form of a fun experiment we have called Fruit vs. Root- Luna Taste Test.” To find out more about the overall concept click on our YouTube video below.
Over a period of two weeks in May, with two tasting cycles occurring per week, Grieve and his team of panellists will be meeting for a total of four tastings at Dear Me, a Cape Town hot spot. The team will taste Avondale’s premium range of organic and biodynamic wines and subsequently compare notes on the experience, as dictated by the four cycles. The project will be largely driven by social media, with panellists sharing their experiences in real time on Facebook and Twitter.
Introducing the Luna Testing Panel
Johnathan Grieve – Proprietor of Avondale
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Philip van Zyl – Editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide
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Cathy Marston - Prolific wine journalist and educator
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Higgo Jacobs - Sommelier at Steenberg Vineyard's restaurant Catharinas
Hennie Coetzee and Maggie Mostert - Writers of Batonage blog
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Jonathan Snashall - Wine writer and blogger
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Maryna Strachan - Editor of Wine Extra
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“We are extremely excited about this project and look forward to some surprising results. We have always known that the moon plays a role in influencing the tides, so it is extremely possible that it could affect wine or even our taste buds. In any event, we expect to have fun testing this theory!” admits Grieve.
The results of Fruit vs. Root - Luna Taste Test will be announced on the Platter’s and Avondale websites.
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