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Confectionary pairing returns to great acclaim!

With summer around the corner, the tasting room has brought back the very popular Basilei fudge and nougat pairing as the Speciality Tasting for the next few months.

Paired with some of our most popular white, pink and red wines, this offering definitely draws the crowds with larger groups and duo’s alike, being drawn to the tasting on a daily basis.

It’s R80 per person, and although you are welcome to pop in whenever the tasting room is open, it is a good idea to make a booking before arriving, especially if you are a larger group.

Contact Ella or Marcelle at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or 021 855-3450 to give them a bit of warning and to be set up by the time you arrive.

 

Winemaker prepares for new Summer wine releases

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen is hard at work in the cellar to get the next vintages out for the summer season,  and the new wines are already either at the bottling stage or labelled and just waiting to be released.

After the successful recent release of the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2016, the rich and full-bodied Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve 2014, was next.  

Also waiting in the wings is the 2017 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay and the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, which will sport the next diamond-shaped label for the first time. Both of these are perfect for outdoor enjoyment on a sunny day!

Last but not least, we are so excited to share a brand-new, first-for-Avontuur natural sweet dessert wine with visitors. The 2017 Above Royalty this time is a Viognier and already a firm favourite with all of those lucky enough to get a taste.

 

Luna de Miel 2016 released

The release of a new Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve is always an occasion, and the recent arrival of the 2016 vintage, is no different. 

As usual the elegantly wooded wine delights again on the nose and the first sip immediately makes you think of pairing it with a soft, creamy curry dish or nicely spiced chicken.

As winemaker Jan van Rooyen said, ” This is one of Avontuur’s iconic wines with a long and illustrious history, named after one of our first brood mares. It’s therefore a privilege to produce this much-loved wine and ensure its future is as fantastic as its past.”

The Luna de Miel once again is a winner and retails from the tasting room at R146 per bottle. Feel free to order it from Ella or Marcelle in the tasting room at +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za as delivery can be arranged anywhere in SA.

 

Spring has sprung with foals galore

August and September are when most of our gorgeous foals are born, and Pippa and her team have been kept so busy with these arrivals, it’s hard to keep up!

We regularly update the new progeny  with pics on our Stud page – visit http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/blood-stock/foals-2017/ to see more. 

Pretty soon they will have grown enough to show off in the paddocks close to the winery, and equine lovers are then welcome to visit and enjoy!  For now they’re sticking close to their dams, and getting more independent and active daily.

 

“Nothing is going as quick as Miss Frankel”

This commentary at the race in Scottsville yesterday pretty much sums up our favourite girl’s performance when she ran away from the field in the 1000m under the capable management of Anton Marcus, who gave her free rein to show her stuff!

What a wonderful day for all of us at Avontuur, who believed in her throughout!  Can’t wait to see more of that stride!  Check the video here…

The replay of MISS FRANKEL's win in South Africa. She just made my day.BUT NOTHING IS GOING AS QUICK AS MISS FRANKEL

Posted by Jess Samy on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

And here’s some of the post-race interviews and discussions:

https://youtu.be/sFB4NdSrGWk

 

 

Legal Eagle soars at Equus Awards 2017

South Africa’s national racing and breeding awards were held at the Convention Centre at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

Champion Legal Eagle – top of the pops

The Equus Awards are dubbed Horseracings ‘Oscars’ and acknowledge excellence in a variety of equine and human categories.

Legal Eagle, the Avontuur-bred Greys Inn gelding was a popular choice as Horse Of The Year for the second consecutive season. The Sean Tarry trained 6yo gelding achieved back-to-back wins in the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Gr1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes. He also won the Gr2 Green Point Stakes and ran second in the Gr1 Sun Met and Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge. He also clinched the awards of Champion Miler and Champion Older Male.

To continue the “Avontuur” theme, one of our sponsored jockeys Lyle Hewitson was crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey of the Year – which was just the cherry on top!

EQUUS AWARDS 2016-2017

HORSE OF THE YEAR
Legal Eagle

CHAMPION 2YO COLT:
Mustaaqeem

CHAMPION 2YO FILLY:
Lady In Black

CHAMPION 3YO COLT:
Edict Of Nantes

CHAMPION 3YO FILLY:
Just Sensual

CHAMPION OLDER MALE:
Legal Eagle

CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE:
Carry On Alice

CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000 – 1200m; age/gender immaterial):
Carry On Alice

CHAMPION MILER (1400 – 1600; age/gender immaterial):
Legal Eagle

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE (1800 – 2200; age/gender immaterial):
Whisky Baron

CHAMPION STAYER (2400m and up; age/gender immaterial):
Hermoso Mundo

Story courtesy of Sporting Post

Legal Eagle makes it a treble at Breeders Awards

Last night’s glamorous affair near Stellenbosch was a fantastic event for the Avontuur team as Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle was awarded three top spots in the awards list.

He was the Cape Breeders winner in the Middle Distance category, the Older Male category and the Horse of the Year category!

What an achievement for this fantastic athlete and congratulations to all involved, including our own Stud Farm team who bred him.

Mares and foals walk bookings now open

At Avontuur we celebrate Women’s Month with our annual Mares and Foals Walk, which is planned this year for Tuesday 22 August and Tuesday 29 August, from 09h30-12h30. The walk will be led by Philip Taberer and there will be lots of photo opportunities as you learn more about the farm from one of our owners.  Not only are there the cute foals and their dams in the green paddocks to exclaim over, but also the views of the Helderberg and False Bay from higher up on the Estate which just cry out for stunning pics.

As Var and Oratorio have just been rated as two of the top stallions in the country, we feel that we have to “allow” the boys in too, and participants will therefore also meet up with our super sires in the stables at the end of the walk where Pippa will introduce them and you will be able to find out more about the serious business of racehorse breeding!

After the walk, winemaker Jan van Rooyen will present a tutored wine tasting and then a light lunch from the Avontuur Restaurant will follow.  So, we invite you to spend a morning with us!  Only 20 persons per day. Cost R300. Bookings and pre-payment essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za and we suggest you book asap!

 

Above Royalty and Cab Merlot are tasting room specials!

With the last few cold weeks coming up, it’s a great idea to stock up on some red wines and our hugely popular Cabernet/Merlot blend is the ideal wine!  It’s soft and fruity but with enough backbone to stand up to most red meat dishes and it’s a winner with any crowd.  We have it on special in a 3 pack this month at R200 and if that’s not seductive, what is?

If you’re ready for a bit of a sweet ending to a meal, or just in the mood for a warming fireplace drink, give our Above Royalty Liqueur wine a try as it’s fortified and a little like a lighter Port style wine – great with a cheese platter actually!   We’ve got two bottles on special this month at R170 which makes it perfect for a gift too.

If you can’t get to the tasting room this month, contact Ella or Marcelle at the farm on +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange for a delivery anywhere in South Africa.

Var is Champion sire for 2 year olds!

The first of August was an auspicious day for Avontuur Stud Farm as the great news arrived that Var is the SA Champion Sire of two year olds for the season 2016/17.

As GM Pippa Mickleburgh says:  “We have never ever had a stallion win this title on Avontuur before so it is a testament to everyone’s belief that our boy would eventually do it for us.” She also commented on the late owner, Tony Taberer’s confidence that the stallion would come through for the farm and SA, and that he had the foresight to purchase this incredible horse all those years ago.

The cherry on top is that Avontuur’s second stallion Oratorio finished up as the leading first season sire on % winners to runners, which is an awesome start to the big O’s South African career after  such an outstanding record overseas. 

Everyone was enjoying a glass or two of Avontuur’s own MCC earlier today and revelling in the good news with the Stud team.  But, as Pippa says wryly, “ We’re all absolutely thrilled with the news and it deserves a party but today also marks the start of the next racing season; all statistics begin again!”

We believe our two outstanding sires will keep on delivering the good stats and we wish everyone well for the next season.