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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.

 

 

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.

July tutored tasting now fully booked!

THIS TASTING IS FULLY BOOKED! The third of our winter series of tutored tastings by winemaker Jan van Rooyen will investigate the maturation potential of our most popular and highest rated white wine, Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve. 

With the 2017 vintage set to be released this Winter, an in-depth look at this intriguing wine which traditionally shows off upfront nuances of orange peel, ginger and white peach, will make for a fascinating exploration of the older vintages from Jan’s vinoteque.

As we only have 20 seats available, jump in quickly to get your spot. Date: Saturday, 21 July.  Cost:  R130 pp (Includes welcome drink, tutored tasting, light meal and coffee).  Bookings essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Var and Oratorio – 8 Gr 1’s each!

Oratorio grabs his first SA Gr 1 in style!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Stud is celebrating one of the highlights of international stakes producing stallion Oratorio’s stay in South Africa; last weekend’s first and second place in the R750 000 Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville. 

In this exciting race he opened his South African Gr1 account with a top two finish in the prestigious 2yo 1200m feature, when Van Halen beat Cue the Music by seconds!

The triple Gr1 winning  son of Danehill, imported with a view to producing classic, Met and July winners, has set the country alight and stamped his class with his 2yo’s showing precocity and speed and enjoying a terrific season.

The sire of fifty plus stakes winners worldwide had three runners in a typically high-class renewal of the Gold Medallion, and even though Van Halen and the previously unbeaten stakes winner Cue The Music may have finished in the ‘wrong order’ for many punters, it was a notable afternoon for the Cape breeders.

For us at the farm, the Candiese Marnewick photograph of the two Oratorio’s crossing the finish line within milli-seconds of each other, just sums it all up and is a justification of our belief in Oratorio, who is having a wonderful season.

The weekend started off in style when Oratorio showed off his class at the Stallion Parade at Highlands Stud in Robertson on Friday night.  “I wanted him there with his peers so that everyone could see he is healthy and fully back in the game,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “He is in good shape and keen to perform and we look forward to an excellent season for him, especially after this weekend’s spectacular performance.”

As if the Oratorio win isn’t enough, we could only cheer again when the high-class Var filly Sommerlied stormed to a well-deserved success in the R750 000 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint on Saturday too. 

What a weekend it’s been for the team at Avontuur!

Oratorio scores on two continents!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s successful sire Oratorio, who has enjoyed such a great season with his 2yos in 2017-2018, had another good weekend.

Danehill’s triple G1 winning son had a pair of South African winners to his name over the weekend, and is also broodmare sire of the very exciting Irish 2yo Servalan.

Oratorio

The latter (a first stakes winner for sire No Nay Never) won Sunday’s Listed Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes over 1200m at Naas for trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Seamie Heffernan.

Servalan, who is likely to be aimed at Royal Ascot following her maiden stakes win on Sunday, was produced by the winning Oratorio mare Catch The Eye.

However, Sunday’s feature race winner is not the first high class performer produced by an Oratorio daughter, with others including recent Australian G3 winner Paquirri, Viren’s Army (Dee Stakes) and G3 Athasi Stakes winner Dolce Strega.

Oratorio, a dual Champion Sire in Italy, also had a pair of winners in South Africa over the weekend. His Sacred Touch romped to an effortless 2.75 length 2200m maiden win on Friday for breeders Golden Touch Thoroughbred Services and trainer Grant Paddock.

Oratorio was also responsible for Divine Odyssey, who picked up his second career win, from six outings, when victorious over 1600m at Turffontein on Sunday. The 3yo, who was bred by Laurence Werners, was produced by the Dynasty mare Divine Right.

Oratorio will also be represented in Saturday’s G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion by three sons – Cue The Music, DI Me and Val Halen, while his daughter Petra is a runner in the same day’s G1 Allan Robertson Championship.

The sire of 50 stakes winners, and counting, Oratorio will also be represented in next weekend’s Cape features by Ancestry (G3 Winter Classic) and Sequined (Listed Olympic Duel Stakes).

Editorial courtesy of Cape Breeders

Cabernet Franc Carnival set to be well-supported again!

The annual Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate tomorrow on Saturday 19 May,  seems to be drawing in the fans again with the tutored tastings of the Top 6 Challenge 2018 wines fully booked already and general festival tickets also selling well.

The Estate will not be open for non-Carnival visitors tomorrow as we are expecting around 400 Cab Franc lovers to descend on the farm from 11-16h00 which will take up most of the public areas and facilities.

If you want to pop in to visit, you can still book tickets at R220 pp at www.plankton.mobi or at the Box Office at the event at R250 pp on the day.  This includes tastings from the 21 wineries exhibiting at the event, a branded tasting glass and a R50 food coupon. 

The Avontuur Restaurant is taking bookings for breakfast and lunch and visitors are welcome to contact them at openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296 to book.