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.