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Macarons & Wine Pairing for Mother’s Day

One of our most popular wine and food pairings over the years has been the Macaron and Wine Pairing and just for the week leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re bringing it back!  From 7 – 13 May during opening hours and whilst stock lasts, this pairing is on the “menu” in the tasting room or on the terrace, weather permitting.

Try three of our wines, the Methode Cap Classique Brut, the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve and the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve with a strawberry, vanilla and chilli chocolate macaron and let us know what you think! 

It’s the perfect stop on your wine route visit with Mom and for only R80 pp, it’s a delicious and affordable treat. 

Bookings are essential as there is limited availability.   Contact Ella or Carmen at +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za to book.    

Tutored Tasting Series 2018 Announced

Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the Estate’s Tasting Room team are planning a series of “Tutored Tastings” for the winter months. This is an opportunity for wine lovers to interact with a senior winemaker and learn more about the intricacies of this industry we love.  

The series kicks off on Saturday, 12 May from 10h30-12h00 with a tasting attempting to answer the question:  “Can Cabernet Franc age?”  After being awarded a gold medal in the vintage category of the 2018 Cabernet Franc Challenge, the topic seemed apt.  Participants will be privileged to taste some of Avontuur’s vinoteque stock and compare it with currently-on-sale and not-yet-released Cab Francs.   

Saturday, 9 June, 14/7, 11/8 and 8/9 are the dates set for the rest of the winter months, with the first few given over to exploring the senses and their impact on wine tasting and enjoyment. Details about the themes will be communicated closer to the time.

Each tasting is limited to 20 participants and includes a welcome drink, the tasting, a light meal and a coffee for only R130 pp.  Bookings are essential and can be made in the tasting room with Ella or Carmen, by phoning the Estate at +27 21 855-3450 or by emailing winery@avontuurestate.co.za. 

We look forward to sharing some valuable info with you this winter and have fun whilst doing it!

Avontuur Presents the fourth Cab Franc Carnival

The 2018 Cabernet Franc Carnival will once again bring one of the most interesting wine varietals to an adoring public. 

On Saturday, 19 May 2018 from 11-4, the Carnival takes place at scenic Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West where 21 wineries will be on hand to show off their 100% Cabernet Francs,  Cab Franc-led blends and in some cases even Cab Franc Rosé’s. 

The participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, Chamonix, Delaire Graff, Doolhof Estate, Druk My Niet Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein Wines, Holden Manz Wines,  Kunjani Wines, Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate,  My Wyn, Onderkloof Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, Snow Mountain Wines – James McKenzie,  Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest,  Vrede en Lust, Whalehaven, Zevenwacht.

Visitors can taste and buy the wines directly from the wineries.

The interactive tutored tastings of the 2018 Cab Franc Challenge Top 6 wines is an integral part of the Carnival and is often the only place to taste these winning wines due to small volumes produced.  The tastings are presented by convenor of the judging panel and Cape Wine Master, Christine Rudman. Tickets cost R100 pp extra and a limited number of seats per session is available.  Sessions:  11h30, 13h00 and 14h30.

The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will again take place which gives an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates.  

In addition to the wine-related activities, food trucks, lawn games, background music and a multitude of delicious dining options courtesy of the popular Avontuur Estate Restaurant, keeps the crowds entertained.  Relaxing in the beautiful setting of this family-owned Wine and Thorougbred Stud farm adds to the experience of a unique day out.

Tickets are R220 pp on-line and R250 at the gate, which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi

Follow us on Facebook at Cabernet Franc Carnival or on Twitter at @Cabfrancarnival . 

 

Oratorio leads the charge for NYS18

With all our yearlings and the thoroughbred stud team safely ensconced  at the TBA Sales complex, we are happy to share them with buyers, trainers and owners for the next few days.  Pop in for a viewing, a glass of wine and snack – we look forward to seeing you.

For more info about the selection, have a look below or visit our sales page at http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/.

It’s always wonderful to be proven right and in the case of our highly rated international sire, Oratorio, our policy of “give them time”, seem to be paying off as his progeny make waves on race courses country-wide.

Recently Carlita showed her class in the Listed Eastern Cape Fillies Nursery and a few weeks ago it was the turn of the beautiful grey, Mardi Gras out of Sarabande who won in fine style. We therefore have high hopes for the four Oratorio yearlings, making up the bulk of our crop set for the National Yearling Sale in Gosforth Park at the end of April.

Oratorio yearlings looking good…

We start off with the two colts. First up is Lot 58, Cassimbo out of Torra Bay (AUS) who is a powerful, very attractive horse from an internationally successful female line.  Lot 69 – Vivant – out of Viva is a strong, robust brother to Live Life and Cold as Ice.  “Viva is one of our foundation mares and she hasn’t thrown a colt in a long time, which makes this boy a wonderful surprise,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

The two fillies are Lot 310 called Before the Dawn and she is a high quality first foal out of  the Var mare, Varikate.  Lot 327 is out of Without Malice, herself by Jet Master, and according to Pippa you can clearly see the Jet Master looks in this filly called Ode.

Var holding the fort too…

Two fillies and a colt make up our champion sire Var’s contingent.  Lot 98, called Serenity out of Gr 1 winning mare Bambina Stripes (ARG) is a beautiful young lady, whose name suits her perfectly.  The second filly is Lot 210 called Beautiful Mind out of Model IQ.  “She is out of the stalwart line of Wise Dame who has done very well for Avontuur over the years and as Model IQ has mostly thrown colts, it’s wonderful to have this gorgeous Var filly out of her,” Pippa says.  The Var colt is Lot 512 called Big Bay out of Paradise Beach (IRE). He is a racy, athletic bay colt, who looks like a typical speedy VAR.

Captain Al’s legacy lives on…

We’re happy to present Lot 206 Gabreira who is from the last full crop of Champion Sire Captain Al  out of stakes winning mare Miss Ipanema.  He is a big, strong, strapping colt and a half-brother to the talented two year old Carioca, so should do well.

One Captain of All follows, a colt called Candyman out of Candy Vous (ARG).  He is is smart, strong, powerful and full of beans and from a lovely imported female line.

Leading first season sire represented….

Master of my Fate is the current leading first season sire, and it would be amiss not to show off our classy high-quality colt out of Sea of Calm (USA). This is a great family and Lot 26, Seascape should not disappoint.

Lot 418 is a tall, dark and handsome colt called Double the Fun by Twice Over (GB) and out of the imported mare Gaiety Girl (USA). 

Avontuur hosts Cab Franc Challenge 2018 Awards evening

Nine wineries celebrated their achievements in the Cabernet Franc Challenge on Wednesday, 18 April at Avontuur Estate at this year’s Awards ceremony.  Philip Taberer did the honours and handed out the certificates.

Over and above the Top 6, awards were also given for the Top 3 Blends, the Top Vintage wine and a special award for the Best Value Cabernet Franc. The Blends category is a new addition whilst the Best Value is a special award for a great wine at a good price!

“This is the third year of the Challenge and we are lucky that three of the five judges were involved  from the beginning,  which leads to consistency. The judges were myself, Lizette Tolken, Samarie Smith, Anita Streicher-Nel and Tinashe Nyamudoka,” says judging panel convenor Christine Rudman. “Some changes were brought in like the 100 point scoring system which fine tuned the scores much more and obviously we had the new Blend category where Cab Franc had to dominate.”

The Top Six are in alphabetical order:  Anthology Cabernet Franc 2015, Morgenster Cabernet Franc 2015, My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2015, Ondine Cabernet Franc 2014, Rainbow’s End Cabernet Franc Limited Release 2016 and Warwick Cabernet Franc 2015.

The Top Three Blends are Alto Rouge 2016, Kunjani Red Blend 2015 and Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2011.  In the Vintage class Holden Manz wines were top of the list again with their Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 and Ormonde Ondine Cabernet Franc 2014 richly deserves their special award for the Best Value Wine on show at only R95 per bottle.

“Another interesting aspect is that only 3 of the 50 wines entered were under R100, which shows that winemakers value what they’ve got.  This is not a generic wine category and bargains are basically non-existent.  This year’s Challenge gave a very good overview of the 2015 vintage specifically,  as 26 of the 44 wines entered in the Top 6, were from that vintage,” Christine added.

The judging was done blind and the process and results were audited by Moore Stevens Stellenbosch.

The Top Six Cabernet Francs are exclusively available through Wine of the Month Club as a mixed pack selection, whilst stocks last.

In addition the public can taste the Top Six at the Cabernet Franc Carnival at Avontuur Estate on 19 May at one of three tutored tastings at 11h30, 13h00 and 14h30 respectively.  Only 20 persons per tasting.  The tastings will be presented by Christine Rudman.

Tickets for the Carnival can be bought from www.plankton.mobi at R220 pp or R250 at the gate.  This includes the tastings of 22 of SA’s best Cab Franc producers, a branded glass and a R50 food coupon to spend on the day.   Tickets for the tutored tastings are available at R100 pp on www.plankton.mobi as well and must be pre-booked. More information available at www.cvomarketing.co.za 

Cape Sale Yearlings highlight Avontuur sires.

With six excellent yearlings set for the mid-April CTS sale in Durbanville, Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm is happy with their draft.  See the Breeding to Win video here to find out more… https://youtu.be/Mjf-Wv5IX5c

Comments Pippa Mickleburgh, Avontuur’s GM:  “Five fillies and one colt mostly featuring our own Oratorio and Var with a few exciting sires thrown in, should give us the edge at this local sale.”

Check out their details here:  http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/

Three Oratorio’s start off the list with Lot 134, a medium-sized filly called Rockachino out of Mochachino showing off a very good bloodline and a racy build.  Lot 224, a filly out of Varsity Queen called Curious Mind is a robust, easy moving and powerful horse, who is the picture of her sire. The only Oratorio colt on this sale is Duet, Lot 148 out of Oasis Song.  He is a correct, very nice horse and according to Pippa, could be the surprise in the pack!

When we get to the Var’s, we have two fillies on offer. Lot 213 is called In Good Time out of Timetogoby and she is a good mover and a strong, athletic sort.  The second filly is Lot 287, Eurovar.  “She is a speed machine and a very attractive race horse out of Europe to Africa, and should do well,” Pippa says.

The last yearling set for Durbanville is Lot 272, a filly called Hot Money by Master of my Fate –  a hot new sire from a well-related family.

All in all, a group of yearlings to be proud of!  Pippa and the team will arrive at Durbanville on 10 April and look forward to welcoming clients, supporters and fans soon thereafter. Visit our Stud page http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/   to find out more about the pedigree of each yearling and have a look at their action shots, kindly taken by Liesl King.

 

Cab Franc Carnival at Avontuur set for 19 May

The 2018 Cabernet Franc Carnival will once again bring one of the most interesting wine varietals to an adoring public. 

On Saturday, 19 May 2018, the Carnival takes place at scenic Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. 

Visitors can taste and buy the wines directly from the wineries.

The interactive tutored tastings of the 2018 Cab Franc Challenge Top 6 wines is an integral part of the Carnival and is often the only place to taste these winning wines due to small volumes produced.  Tickets costs R100 pp extra and a limited number of seats per session is available.  

The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will again take place which gives an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates.

The participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, Chamonix, Delaire Graff, Druk My Niet Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein Wines, Kunjani Wines, Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate,  My Wyn, Onderkloof Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, Snow Mountain Wines – James McKenzie,  Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest,  Vrede en Lust, Whalehaven, Zevenwacht.

Tickets are R220 pp which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi .  If bought at the event, tickets are R250 each.

Follow us on Facebook at Cabernet Franc Carnival or on Twitter at @Cabfrancarnival .  More information on www.cvomarketing.co.za

New choc and wine pairing takes us into Winter

Although the straight-forward enjoyment of Avontuur Estate’s award-winning wines will always be top of the list at this family-owned wine and stud farm in the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch, the team in the tasting room love to spice up the experience by offering a different wine & taste sensation every now and again.

The launch of our new Chocolate and Wine pairing will therefore once again be a huge hit!

We offer five wines paired with five curated chocolates, each selected to pair perfectly.  The wines are:  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve.  The chocolates range from milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate to a choc-dipped pretzel – al with various fillings and flavours!   

Not only does the pairing give an overview of our wine range, it is also a relaxing way to enjoy a tasting with quality products in a convivial setting on the terrace if the weather is good, or inside in our cosy tasting room when cooler days arrive.

The pairings are self-guided with assistance from our tasting room staff, and cost R100 pp.  The duration is around 30 minutes and its huge fun to do with other wine loving friends to compare your favourites – and not-so-favourites.

Combine it with our self-guided Farm Walk for R120 pp and it’s a great way to spend some time in the outdoors before sitting down to this indulgent experience.

Although you can arrive without booking, we recommend that you phone or email ahead to ensure everything is in place when you arrive. For groups, it’s essential to book.

For more info or to book contact Ella or Carmen in the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Carlita – daughter of Oratorio shows her class!

The celebrations are ongoing at Avontuur Estate Thoroughbred Stud Farm between Stellenbosch and Somerset West as resident stallion Oratorio’s second year crop just keep on raking in the achievements.

Most recent was this weekend’s spectacular win by his daughter Carlita, ridden by Aldo Domeyer for trainer Alan Greeff, in the listed Eastern Cape Fillies Nursery  over 1200m.  This was his 50th individual black type winner and she looks capable of building on this triumph.

The Piemonte Stud-bred Carlita has now won three races from four starts for stakes of R214 375.

A bargain buy off the KZN Yearling Sale for R35 000, she is by the fast ascending Oratorio (Danehill) out of Auburn Annio (Point Given).

Oratorio has 15 lots on the CTS April Yearling Sale and a further 22 lots on the BSA National Yearling Sale. They should be in demand.

A sire imported to produce classic winners, and Met and July prospects, Oratorio’s 2yo’s have proven the cherry on top of expectations.

Media Release courtesy of Cape Breeders and Sporting Post.

Avontuur’s NYS draft – another Legal Eagle waiting?

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm once again look to have an outstanding draft of yearlings on offer at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale next month.

The farm, whose past National Sale graduates include dual Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle, will be represented 15 top class yearlings at the April sale.

A possible standout could well be Watershed (Lot 13) –with this bay colt being a son of the great sire Dynasty and out of champion Pocket Power’s G1 J&B Met winning own sister River Jetez. The latter has already left her mark at stud as the dam of G3 winner Rivarine.

Avontuur’s resident sire Var, SA’s Leading Sire Of 2YOs in 2016-2017, has four lots in the draft. Among them is Serenity (Lot 98) –a bay daughter of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes, and Beautiful Mind (Lot 210) –a full-sister to brilliant filly Schiffer.

Standing alongside Var at Avontuur is European champion and proven G1 sire Oratorio. The latter has five yearlings in the draft, headed by Cassimbo (Lot 58) a colt out of a stakes winning daughter of the outstanding sire Cape Cross, Valetorio (Lot 62) –a half-brother to 4 winners including G3 winner She’s A Giver, and Vivant (Lot 69) –a half-brother to five winners including the brilliant G2 winners Cold As Ice (also a winner in Britain) and Live Life. The latter has earned over R4.6 million in stakes thus far!

Oratorio also has fillies out of the smart race mares Varikate (winner of the G2 Merchants) and Without Malice, in the forms of Before The Dawn (Lot 310) and Ode (Lot 327) respectively.

Jet Master’s son Master Of My Fate has made a smashing start to his stud career and the big bay is the sire of Sea Scape(Lot 26) –a grandson of G2 Prix Robert Papin winner Ocean Ridge, while former champion sprinter Captain Of All has two in the Avontuur draft- including Aye Aye (Lot 498) –a beautifully bred half-sister to 7 winners, headed by G3 Byerley Turk hero, and big race contender, Mambo Mime.

Captain Of All’s late, champion sire Captain Al is the sire of Gabreira (Lot 206) –a colt out of G3 placed daughter of outstanding Australian sprinter and top class sire General Nediym.

Four time G1 winning European champion Twice Over has made an explosive start to his stud career and he is the sire of Double The Fun (Lot 418). The latter is a half-brother to four winners, headed by smart stakes winner Milady.