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Foals 2018 – a Gallery of beauties

With around 16 foals born to date, Pippa and her team are waiting for the last few newcomers. It’s been a successful and largely stressfree season and we can only hope it continues like that!  To enjoy some pics of these gorgeous babies,  visit our pages at http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/blood-stock/foals-2018/

Enjoy!

 

Vitis Awards brings more Gold!

We were thrilled to receive Gold Medals for both the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2017 and the Sauvignon Blanc 2018 earlier this week from the Vitis Vinifera Competition.

The Chardonnay is lovely soft and buttery with heaps of citrus and spice on the palate whilst the Sauvvie is everything an easy-drinking fruity Sauvignon Blanc should be.  Selling at R165 and R75 respectively from the tasting room, we’d like to invite you to pop in to taste – and hopefully buy a few bottles!  (There’s a special on in our tasting room on the Sauvignon Blanc till the end of September where you buy 6 bottles but only pay for 5!)

If you can’t get to our tasting room, have a look at our SA Wine Shop on this site under “Wines” and order there for delivery to your door.

Taste from the tank to the bottle with winemaker

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen are getting his ducks (tanks) in a row for the September tutored tasting which takes place on Saturday, 8 September from 10h30 in the tasting room.

“We’re going on a wine journey from the tank, to the barrel and then to the bottle, this month,” he explains whilst keeping his cards close to his chest on which wines exactly will be re-discovered this time! 

These events are popular as they are intimate and spending time with a winemaker of Jan’s caliber is a treat for most wine lovers.   The cost is R130 pp which includes a welcome drink, the tasting, a light lunch and coffee.  Bookings are essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 as seats are limited. 

 

It’s foals galore at Avontuur this month!

By the end of August, 12 brand-new foals had made their appearance at the farm,  and many more will follow.   With the season starting on Spring Day for our two highly rated stallions, Var and Oratorio as well,  it’s no wonder the stud team are starting to look a bit frayed around the edges!

“It’s late nights and early mornings,  but we love this time of the year,” says GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “I’m so excited about the quality of the foals to date and we look forward to some more newcomers by such well-known race mares as River Jetez who is in foal to Silvano, and La Normandie, the dam of Gr 1 winner Normanz, due to new speed king Rafeef.”

Looking at the foals already safely delivered,  Pippa commented on some the new arrivals:

“I am really impressed with the first foal out of Easy Game by Soft Falling Rain. She was a good race mare by Var and this filly is a very attractive high quality foal.   A special colt is by Legislate out of Jackie O, as he had to stop covering due to poor fertility,  and this makes this robust boy a credit to his champion race horse of a sire.  There’s also an amazingly strong and gorgeous filly by Gimmethegreenlight x Muambo and another filly who looks great, is by Master of my Fate x Menorah.  Model IQ delivered the goods again with a stunning filly by Var,  who is a full sister to Schiffer.  A serious looker is the filly by Var x Sarabande, who once again will attract lots of attention with her awesome grey colouring.”

Pippa also highlighted the Oratorio x Madam Justice colt who is smashing, big and rangy out of a mare who is the full sister to Champion racehorse Legislate. The last colt to be mentioned for now, is one by Futura out of Miss October.  According to Pippa he is flashy and leggy and his mom by Var was a proper racehorse, which makes him one to look out for.

Last but not least there is the magnificent filly by Trippi out of Val de Ra, who is growing beautifully and seems set to be an attention grabber in future.

We look forward to the rest of the season, and hope to show off the newcomers in the public paddocks soon!

 

 

 

Pinotage wins Young Wine Show Award

The Avontuur team and winemaker Jan van Rooyen were excited on Wednesday when the Young Wine Show’s Regional Trophy for Pinotage was awarded to the Estate’s 2018 Pinotage.

“It comes after a few years where we’ve placed more emphasis on our Pinotage vineyards and have changed  the style of the wine produced in the cellar too,” says Jan.  “We applied for single vineyard status last year for this specific block and receiving this trophy is a wonderful confirmation that the route we’re taking with this varietal, is the right one!”

Tasting room manager Ella Grimston confirms that the new style, which is more accessible and lighter on the wood treatment,  is a big hit with wine consumers and especially Pinotage lovers.  “We are getting lots of compliments and the 2014 vintage which is currently on sale, is doing really well,” she commented.

The Avontuur Estate Pinotage 2014 is available in selected retail outlets in the Western Cape and Gauteng, can be purchased from the tasting room or online here http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/wine-store-sa/

 

New Estate Sauvignon Blanc launched

The arrival of the new vintage Sauvignon Blanc every year is always an exciting time as it gives you that Summer feeling, which is so neccessary after a long, cold winter.

This year is no exception and the beautiful pic of the newly released 2018 vintage taken by Philip Taberer with the help of Ella Grimston, our tasting room manager, just says it all about the fruitiness, freshness and overall yumminess of this wine!

Taste and buy it in our tasting room at R75 per bottle, or visit our wine shop on this site to order it for delivery to your doorstep. http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/wine-store-sa/

 

It’s foaling season at Avontuur!

It’s that most exciting time of the year again and we’re so thrilled to welcome the gorgeous foals to the farm.  Starting off with a brilliant filly by champion sire Trippi and our own champion mare, Val de Ra, the season seems set to be a winner.  (Check out the pic with this story).

Our mares and foals walk on the 23rd (fully booked already) and the 30th will be the perfect spot to get some great pics of these little beauties and their protective mothers.

To book contact Ella or Carmen at winery@avontuurestate.co.za to confirm your spot.

 

 

Mares & Foals Walk – 30th of August

Although usually relatively inaccessible to the public, Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, offers horse lovers one chance annually to view, photograph and in rare cases actually “meet”, some of this thoroughbred stud farm’s equine stars.

On Thursday 30 August from 09h30 till 12h30, 20 persons per day can book for the guided walk with owner Philip Taberer where views of the paddocks, mountains and far-off False Bay is off-set by interaction with the brood mares and their gorgeous new foals.

A high point of the day is the stable visit where Avontuur’s award-winning stallion Oratorio will be “introduced” to the fans.  General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh will be on hand to explain more about the race horse breeding business and answer any questions you have about this fascinating topic.

A leisurely walk back to the tasting room will be followed by a  wine & biltong pairing tasting with winemaker Jan van Rooyen and then a light lunch with a glass of wine.

Although the walk is not strenuous, a reasonable level of fitness is required and it is not suitable for wheelchairs. Kids are welcome but parents must take responsibility for them, as the mares can be very protective of their new babies.

Bookings and pre-payment is essential at +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za . The cost is R350 pp which includes a welcome drink, the guided walk and talk, the tasting and the light lunch. Kids (under 12) are welcome at R250 which includes a welcome drink, the guided walk and talk, a fun tasting and a light lunch.

 

Limited vintage selection of Luna for Sale!

With the new 2017 Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve just released, we’re offering Chardonnay fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy 2 bottles of our flagship white wine as a vintage pack for only R280!

You will take home 1 bottle of the just-sold-out 2016 vintage and 1 bottle of the brand-new 2017 vintage, which will give you a chance to do a comparative tasting at home.

This offer is only available from the tasting room on the farm and only whilst stocks last. If you can’t get to us very soon, contact Ella or Carmen at winery@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange delivery.

Lyle Hewitson set to take Jockey’s Trophy

We’re incredibly proud to be associated with young star Lyle Hewitson (20) who is set to be the first apprentice to win the national jockey competition since the glory days of Michael “Muis” Roberts who achieved this at the start of his highly rated local and international career.

“Lyle has been a worthy and much appreciated ambassador for Avontuur Estate for nearly two years now and we are truly impressed with this achievement and being part of this wonderful moment as his sponsor,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

He bettered an apprentice win record set in 2007 by Gavin Lerena, and previously held for almost 40 years by the legend Michael Roberts, when he registered the 285th victory of his career, getting the fancied Shenanigans home to win the eighth race at the Vaal in March this year.

Michael Roberts, who rode his first winner 48 years before Lyle at the same track, was a fifteen -time champion jockey of South Africa and twice champion jockey of Britain. Champion apprentice Gavin Lerena went on to become SA Champion jockey.

So, it’s no wonder Lyle, who is more than 30 wins ahead of his nearest rival for the annual Jockey of the Year award, is a shoe-in this year.

After extensive work riders experience, Lyle was accepted at the SA Jockey Academy after matriculating at Kearsney College. He had his first ride as a fully-fledged apprentice at Scottsville on 6 March 2016. His first winner came on his third book of rides at Fairview on 18 March 2016 aboard Blizzard Belle.The win was for Yvette Bremner, who was the first person he ever rode work for as a kid. His Dad, ex-jockey Carl, is the assistant at the Bremner yard and the win came in his silks.