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Chorizo Beef Lasagne with Cabernet Franc 2014

Ingredients:

  • 6 Chorizo’s, cases removed
  • Olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ cup fresh basil
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ½ cup Avontuur Cabernet Franc
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 containers of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of cream
  • 1 cup pecorino cheese
  • Lasagne sheets

Method:

Combine the Chorizo and beef mince, season with salt and pepper and dried oregano.

Roll the meat into little balls and fry in a heavy-based ovenproof saucepan over medium heat until golden. Add the garlic, basil, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, salt and pepper and Avontuur Cabernet Franc.

Bring to the boil, cook for 10 minutes or until just reduced.

Combine the cream cheese, Pecorino and cream together in a bowl. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 180C. Soak the lasagna sheets in boiling water for 3 minutes just until soft.  Line the base of an oven pan with 1 layer of lasagna sheets, top with half the chorizo mixture and another layer of lasagna sheets.  Spoon over half the cream cheese mixture and spread evenly. Top with another layer of lasagna sheets, spoon over remaining chorizo mixture followed by another lasagna layer and top of with the remaining cream cheese mixture and spread evenly.

Sprinkle with the mozzarella, cook for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

 

“Enjoy this wonderful comfort food with Avontuur Cabernet Franc.” Elmarie Berry of Elmarie Berry Good Food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oratorio’s 2 year olds show early class

“I am pleasantly surprised with the seemingly effortless win by 2Yo Ancestry (Oratorio x A Daughter’s Legacy) this past Saturday at Scottsville as my mantra regarding Oratorio’s offspring is ‘Give them Time and they will Shine’,” says Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh.   “As if Ancestry’s performance wasn’t enough, we also celebrated Mrs O’s win on debut at Turffontein, so it looks like their worth is being proven even earlier than expected.” 

See the video here of Ancestry’s incredible race!

https://www.facebook.com/TBredSANews/videos/271050706696226/

 

Oratorio is currently the second leading first season sire by % winners to runners at 25% with 8 winners from 11 races and a total Stakes of R829 925.  

“Although we’re extremely happy with these performances, we expect that as his progeny matures, their ongoing achievements will prove why Avontuur brought this globally rated sire to South Africa a few years ago.” 

Pippa referred to his many talented offspring waiting in the wings to strut their stuff and mentioned that there are five Oratorio’s on the KZN Yearling Sale coming up soon.

“Although none of them are Avontuur-bred we look forward to seeing the results when Lot numbers 29, 133, 159, 224 and 259 appear in the ring.  Personally I like Lot 29 Catharsis, as he is a half-brother to Gr 2 winner Hard Day’s Night as well as being from the family of Major Bluff, Silver Bluff and Key Castle, who are all multiple winners.  Another good looking Oratorio is Carlita, Lot no 159, the only filly in the group.  She is a classic filly with the pedigree to back it up, being from the female line of champion Argentinian filly Southern Spring. She should be a good purchase,” Pippa says.

Oratorio still has some services available at R80 000, so do not be caught napping! Contact Pippa Mickleburgh at stud@avontuurestate.co.za for more info or to arrange a service. 

 

We Love Dads at Avontuur!

If you’re still unsure about treating Dad on Sunday, pop in at our tasting room for a friendly and heart-warming reception and a tasting of our award-winning wines!  If you are in the mood for something different, sign up for the new “Wine and Biltong” pairing for only R80 pp.  This should fit right in with everyone’s favourites.

 

We are open right through the long weekend and gift ideas for Dad include our wonderful exclusive 10 year old Pot-stilled Brandy,  the easy-drinking Red Blend Magnum or the Port-like Liqueur wine Above Royalty.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Amateurs and experts agree on top Cab Francs

After the announcement of the Top 6 in this year’s official Cabernet Franc Challenge at Avontuur Estate in March, it was interesting to see the similarities between the crowd favourites at the Western Cape and Gauteng Carnivals, and those of the judges in the blind tasting panel of the annual competition.

The Challenge Top 6 in alphabetical order are:  Doolhof Wine Estate Single Vineyard Collection Cabernet Franc 2015, Kaapzicht Cabernet Franc 2014, My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2014, Nelson Wine Estate Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2014, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate Limited Release 2015 and Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc 2013.  Uva Mira was awarded a Gold Medal.

At the Western Cape event which took place on Saturday 20 May at Avontuur Estate (Also the sponsor of the Carnivals), the top 5 were:  Hermanuspietersfontein, Rainbow’s End, Uva Mira, Doolhof and Nelson Vineyards.

In Gauteng at The Wanderers on Friday, 2 June the 5 crowd favourites were:  Uva Mira, Hermanuspietersfontein, The Garajeest, Nelson and Raats.

“What is clear when looking at the overall scores from both events, is that the public mostly scored the same wineries highly in Cape Town and Gauteng, even taking into account that there were less and slightly different wineries present at the Gauteng event,” says organisor Cobie van Oort of CVO Marketing.  “The “voting” adds a fun element to the event with the public enthusiastically supporting the scoring process. “

The winners of a selection of Cabernet Francs, kindly sponsored by the participating wineries are for the Avontuur event:  David Taylor, Jani Kuipers and Zolia Rumble.  In Johannesburg the winners are:  Thato Ramagaga, Denton Claassens and Craig Morrissey. 

Tutored tastings with winemaker start off again

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the tasting room team are planning a trio of  “Tutored Tastings” for this Winter. 

We kick off on Saturday, 10 June from 11h00-12h30 with a tasting featuring the range of Avontuur wines which won awards at the recent National Wine Challenge.  This will give participants the chance to chat to Jan about wine competitions, their worth, what it means to a winemaker and a winery to win awards and any other questions they’ve always wanted to ask about the “bling” industry.

On Saturday, 8 July and Saturday 12 August, the next sessions are offered. Watch this space for more info about themes and topics.

Each tasting is limited to 20 participants and include the tasting, a light meal and a glass of wine for only R100 pp.  Bookings are essential and can be made in the tasting room with Ella or Marcelle 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 heads to Gauteng for Cab Franc Carnival

After a wonderful Cape Cab Franc Carnival on 20 May at Avontuur Estate, 15 of the best SA Producers are heading to Gauteng for the first of these events on Friday, 2 June from 5-9 pm at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. 

Avontuur winemaker Jan van Rooyen and our wine ambassador in Gauteng, Heinrich Adams-Witbooi will man our stand and introduce the newly released 2014 vintage to the crowd.   

“It’s an intimate event with visitors interacting with wineries, enjoying a meal or snack during the event and relaxing with friends in between tastings.  Live music by the Swing Cats Trio will add to the vibe,” says Cobie van Oort of CVO Marketing, organisor of the Carnival. 

The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will once again take place which will give an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates, especially after the results of the blind judging of the 2017 Cabernet Franc Challenge were released in early March.

Participating wineries are:   Avontuur Estate,  Delaire Graff Estate, Edgebaston,   Hermanuspietersfontein,  Lynx Wines,  Mont du Toit Cellar, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines,  The Garajeest,  Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven and Zorgvliet Wines.

Tickets are R200 pp which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.co.za  as well as at Computicket branches. 

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

Avontuur hits 21 years with Cab Franc

The release of the 2014 Avontuur Estate Cabernet Franc celebrates the production of a single varietal of this wine for 21 years. “We’re starting to grow up at last and maturity is (hopefully) just around the corner, “says winemaker Jan van Rooyen with his tongue firmly in his cheek.

The first vintage of a single varietal Cabernet Franc produced at Avontuur was from the 1996 harvest followed by a 1999 vintage which was reviewed in John Platter’s Wine Guide of 2001.  Including those first two, Avontuur has produced nine bottled vintages over the last 21 years. To add to this heritage,  the Estate is now in the third year of sponsoring the annual Cabernet Franc Carnival, which takes place at Avontuur as well. 

Some interesting stats found by Jan whilst digging through the archives are the following:  The first bottling was indeed the 1996 vintage and the next was 1999 vintage under the label “Avon Ridge” (Platter 2001).

Then came 2000 and 2001, but in Platter 2008 it was reported that the Cab Franc was discontinued.  It re-appears with the 2008 vintage in Platter 2011. Thereafter the vintages were 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.  Thus we had 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014, making it nine bottled vintages over 21 years.

“We are huge Cab Franc fans and love hosting the Carnival as well as the Cab Franc Challenge at the farm.  Marketing for this unusual varietal is definitely needed and we hope to contribute towards the awareness of the grape with our ongoing support,” says Avontuur co-owner Philip Taberer.

The Avontuur 2011 and 2014 Cabernet Francs will be available for tasting at the Cab Franc Carnival at Avontuur on Saturday 20 May and also at the first Gauteng outing for the event, on Friday 2 June at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

“We hope to offer festival goers an overview of the two vintages from our Estate.  The fruitiness and perfume of the 2014 should be an excellent foil for the dark ripe fruit and earthiness of the 2011,” says Jan.  Both wines will be for sale at the event as a 2-pack at R225, which gives a wonderful opportunity to taste the old and new together.

Tickets for the Cabernet Franc Carnival at Avontuur Estate and at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg can be purchased from www.plankton.mobi, www.computicket.com or from Computicket stores. Tickets are R200 each which includes the tastings, a branded crystal glass and a R50 food coupon.

Early Bird Dinners back at Avontuur Restaurant

With Winter seemingly around the corner, it’s tempting to think of an early dinner directly after work, before relaxing at home under the duvet in time for your favourite TV series. With the return of the Avontuur Restaurant’s Early Bird Dinners, this is possible and affordable.

Pop in between 17h00-19h00 on Wednesday or Friday evenings and enjoy a two-course (R180) or three-course (R220) meal with a glass or two of the wine Estate’s award-winning wine. The restaurant features a relaxed ambiance with a fireplace to add to the cosy setting, excellent service from the owners Melanie Paltoglou and Zunia Boucher-Myers and lots of safe parking close to the entrance of the eatery – great for rainy days!

Although the Early Bird Dinner Menu changes regularly to reflect what is seasonal, fresh and available,  a recent example looked like this:   Starter – Duck Liver Pate with Guava Jelly and Melba Toast, Mains –  Sirloin with cracked Black Pepper Sauce, Dessert – Vanilla Panacotta with Seasonal Fruit.

Bookings are essential for the Early Bird Dinners and certain T’s and C’s apply.  The Restaurant is open daily for breakfast or lunch and for the usual a-la-carte dinner on Wednesday and Friday.  Bookings:  openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296.  Avontuur Estate is on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

 

Mother’s Day at Avontuur Estate is “sparkling”

We’re planning a fun pairing for this weekend to celebrate all the moms around.  Make sure you visit the tasting room before or after that treat of a meal in the Restaurant and try a glass of Avontuur Methode Cap Classique bubbly paired with a specially-created cupcake for only R50 pp.

It’s a fun way to end a meal or to get the vibe going before your celebratory meal with that most important lady in your life!

From Friday to Sunday – only in the tasting room.

 

Cab Franc Carnival set for W Cape & Gauteng

After two successful years of the Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate, fans of this unusual varietal will once again get the chance to celebrate their favourite grape on Saturday, 20 May 2017 from 11h00-17h00 at the family-owned wine estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

In addition to the tastings and purchasing of wines directly from the wineries, visitors can book for one of three tutored tastings of the Top 6 wines in the 2017 Cab Franc Challenge, presented by head of the judging panel and Cape Wine Master Christine Rudman.  Tickets costs R75 pp extra and only three sessions of 20 persons each can be accommodated at 11h30, 13h30 and 15h00.

“This is the only chance to taste the Top 6 together as many of these wines are extremely rare and were kept aside especially for the tutored tastings,” says organisor Cobie van Oort from CVO Marketing.

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

Participating wineries at the Cape Town event are:   Avontuur Estate, CK Wines, Doolhof  Wine Estate, Edgebaston,  Hannay Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Knorhoek Wine Farm, Lynx Wines, My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest,  Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Vrede en Lust, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven, Zorgvliet Wines.

On Friday, 2 June from 17h00-21h00, winemakers will be at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg to show off their wines.  

Participating wineries are:   Avontuur Estate,  Delaire Graff, Edgebaston,   Hermanuspietersfontein,  Lynx Wines,  Mont du Toit Cellar, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines,  The Garajeest,  Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven and Zorgvliet Wines.

Tickets are R200 pp which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.co.za  as well as at Computicket branches. 

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