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Platter’s 2019 ratings on an upward trend for Avontuur

It’s always good to see planning and execution work together and this year’s Platter’s ratings once again proves that point for the Taberer family-owned boutique winery Avontuur Estate, situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West in the Helderberg.

“In the 2018 Platter’s we achieved four 4-stars and in the 2019 edition, six,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.  “It was wonderful to keep the same ratings for the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve,  the Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve,  the Cabernet Sauvignon and the 10 year old brandy – but best of all was when the 2019 edition added four stars for the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2017 and the flagship red the Baccarat 2012.”

According to Jan the good ratings awarded again for the Cabernet Sauvignon especially makes him happy as Avontuur lies slap bang in die middle of excellent Cab Sauv terroir and getting this wine right consistently is a compliment to the cellar and vineyard team’s hard work. “It’s also lovely to have the Luna de Miel back on track as this is one of the first premiere range wines ever made at Avontuur and it was a favourite of the late Tony Taberer, which gives the rating added poignancy,” he said.

The wines are available for tasting and for sale in the Estate’s tasting room or in selected stores in the Western Cape and Gauteng.  Alternatively the wine can be purchased at http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/wine-store-sa/ for delivery to your home or office anywhere in South Africa.

Two trusted sires keep on delivering the winners!

Avontuur Estate is proud to be the home of two of South Africa’s highest-rated sires with the ever-green Var currently at the top of the sire’s list by stakes and  the leading sire of 3 yo’s,  as well as being the 2017/2018 reigning champion for 2 year olds.  Oratorio, who is a more recent addition to the Avontuur stud business has also proved his worth over the years and is holding his own on the current general sire’s lists after an excellent 2017/2018 performance.

Var had a brilliant win yesterday with Rivarine (Var x River Jetez) who came out fresh and fighting after a 44 week break to win the R150 000 listed Golden Loom Handicap at Turffontein.  The gelding has now won 6 races with 6 places from 20 starts and looks set for an excellent return to form. “We are thrilled to present his full sister Delta Queen at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January 2019,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. 

Earlier a stunning debut win by Vardy got the excitement going in the Marcus stable, and we hope for much more from this handsome son of Var.  He looks like a champ already!

Oratorio didn’t stand back either with two wins this weekend, Tubular Bells in PE over 2000 m on Friday and Supreme Orator, ridden by Anton Marcus over 1600 m at Greyville in KZN. 

“With both stallions back in fine form and doing well,  we’ve opened up a few more spots on the book for Var for this season and Oratorio has some space left too.  If you are looking for future winners, contact me at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book asap,” Pippa said.

Summer tasting room pairing a sweet treat.

From the middle of October till early in the new year,  our pairing in the tasting room is the popular nougat and fudge pairing,  in partnership with local artisanal confectionary producer Basilei.

We’ve paired 5 of our wines with 5 sweet treats, specially created and fine tuned to suit the new wines and their flavour profiles. The elegant Basilei packaging makes it a pleasure to do the tasting and this pairing is the perfect stop on your wine route travels.  (As the portions are substantial, the packaging also makes it easy to take along to enjoy later too!)

The cost is R120 pp and no bookings are needed although it is better to phone ahead to +27 21 855-3450 or email us at winery@avontuurestate.co.za especially if you are a group or if you are in a bit of a hurry.   A little bit of  warning gives us time to get your tasting set-up ready for when you arrive.

The tasting room is open daily except on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Brood mares – the heartbeat of our business!

Some of our more famous moms are happily looking after their new foals and we’re already looking forward to some brand-new babies being born in 2019. 

Val de Ra has a Trippi filly at foot and is safely in foal to Champion sire Silvano.  Race queen River Jetez is looking after a Silvano colt and is in foal to him again.   Our gorgeous white Sarabande has a  Var filly at foot and is in foal to Oratorio. (Photograph: Var filly)

New acquisition Starburst Galaxy (9 time winning daughter of Var) is in foal to Oratorio. Dream de Ra is hoping for a stunning foal from William Longsword and La Normandie (dam of Gr 1 winner Normanz) is showing off a strong filly from the first crop of new sire Rafeef and is in foal to Drakenstein’s new sire Gold Standard.

These are just some of the exciting newcomers we can’t wait to meet in 2019!

We’re saying goodbye to long-standing star of the brood mare band Minelli who is retiring after her last foal, a stunning Oratorio colt.  She has had an illustrious career,  was a stalwart of the stud operation and she deserves a rest now. We wish her many happy years still in our mountain paddocks, far away from the crowds and rush.

 

Var successes offer breeding opportunities

With the Grade 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship coming up this Saturday at Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town,  all eyes are on brilliant debut winner Varsity Lover who is representing Var, the current SA Stakes leader as well as being the current 3yo Sire’s list leader, in this prestigious event.

According to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh he is working well at the moment which has led to his book being opened for a few more mares this year.  “We were keeping his covers quite low initially,   only offering his services to stakeholders, but he is holding up so well that we are keen to add a few more visits,” she says. She can be contacted at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book your mare.

His ongoing success was proven again by last weekend’s wins in three different countries.

Var’s treble was highlighted by his daughter Mia Finola’s impressive score in the ZRP Fillies Mile at Borrowdale on Sunday.  Trained by Bridget Stidolph, the 3 yo made it win number four from just eight outings when recording a length and a quarter win in Sunday’s Listed race.

Mia Finola, who has now reeled off three wins in a row, was bred by the Piemonte Stud. The filly, who is out of the Wolfhound mare Basilica, had previously tasted feature race success when landing the Champagne Stakes back in July and also finished third in last season’s Champion Juvenile Stakes.

She is one of a number of high class 3 yo’s representing Var this season, with others including SA Nursery winner William The Silent, G2 filly Ghaalla, Sophomore Sprint third Top Of The Class and Varsity Lover.

Var also enjoyed success in both South Africa and Mauritius over the weekend, with his son Lucius Fox shedding his maiden over 2000m at Greyville on Friday night, and another son, Varside, scoring at Champ de Mars on Saturday.

Info courtesy of Cape Breeders Club.

Memorable week for proven sire Oratorio

Last week was a hugely successful one for Oratorio,  the globally proven sire standing at Avontuur Estate.  

“It’s been a terrific week for Oratorio. Miravar and Van Halen won at Turffontein on Thursday, Euphoric won at Greyville on Friday evening,  and over the weekend Sequined won Race 4 at Durbanville!” said an elated Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

She said that there were still opportunities for an Oratorio cover and invited mare owners to call her on 083 658 4404 or email stud@avontuurestate.co.za

A treble Gr1 winning champion in France and Ireland, there is no question that Oratorio has added a classic dimension to the options offered by the evergreen Avontuur superstar Var, who coincidentally heads the SA national sires logs on stakes earned.

Twice Champion Sire in Italy, Oratorio has produced 93 stakes horses  internationally and it’s common knowledge that the son of Danehill was imported with a view to producing classic horses and a Met or July winner. So his performance with early horses has been a bonus!

In only his second crop he sired the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion exacta and his Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery winner Carlita recently made a pleasing return to racing when romping home to an easy win over 1200m in her first start as a 3yo. The Piemonte Stud bred 3yo has now won four of just six starts.

Below is van Halen as a winner at Scotsville earlier this year.

 

Gold Awards for two Avontuur Wines

With summer around the corner it’s always great to get some awards highlighting those wines – and this is just what’s happened recently when our Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Luna de Miel Chardonnay 2017 both got Golds in the 2018 Vitis Vinifera Competition.

These wines are both perfect for warmer days with the Sauvignon Blanc being an easy-drinking value-for-money wine and the Luna the best food pairing white wine we produce. Try it with a creamy green Thai curry chicken or just lots of sushi or salmon roses – both are a winner!

They are available for tasting and for sale from our tasting room at R75 for the Sauvvie and R165 for the premiere range Luna de Miel.

We are open daily for tastings so pop in any time.

Celebrate Pinotage Month at Avontuur.

With Pinotage Day 2018 on Saturday 13 October around the corner, Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West is planning to join in the celebrations for the whole weekend.

From Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October our very popular Pinotage 2014 is available only from the tasting room at a “Buy- 5-get-1-Free deal”.   Take home six bottles, but you only pay for 5.  (Usual price: R810. Special price:  R675) Sounds like a winner!

On the 13th Winemaker Jan van Rooyen will end his tutored tastings series with a “Pinotage Vertical Experience” which will give fans the chance to enjoy some of Avontuur Pinotage’s from years ago right up to the 2018 vintage.  This wine is still in barrel at the moment and recently won the Stellenbosch regional Young Wine Show 2018 Award which is always a great indicator of expected quality when the wine is released in future.

The tasting is from 10h30-12h00 and the price of R130 includes a welcome drink, the tutored tasting, a light lunch and a cup of coffee afterwards. Bookings are essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za and as we can only accommodate limited numbers, it’s best to book asap.

                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

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.