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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.

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.

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!

 

It’s foals galore at Avontuur this month!

By the end of August, 12 brand-new foals had made their appearance at the farm,  and many more will follow.   With the season starting on Spring Day for our two highly rated stallions, Var and Oratorio as well,  it’s no wonder the stud team are starting to look a bit frayed around the edges!

“It’s late nights and early mornings,  but we love this time of the year,” says GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “I’m so excited about the quality of the foals to date and we look forward to some more newcomers by such well-known race mares as River Jetez who is in foal to Silvano, and La Normandie, the dam of Gr 1 winner Normanz, due to new speed king Rafeef.”

Looking at the foals already safely delivered,  Pippa commented on some the new arrivals:

“I am really impressed with the first foal out of Easy Game by Soft Falling Rain. She was a good race mare by Var and this filly is a very attractive high quality foal.   A special colt is by Legislate out of Jackie O, as he had to stop covering due to poor fertility,  and this makes this robust boy a credit to his champion race horse of a sire.  There’s also an amazingly strong and gorgeous filly by Gimmethegreenlight x Muambo and another filly who looks great, is by Master of my Fate x Menorah.  Model IQ delivered the goods again with a stunning filly by Var,  who is a full sister to Schiffer.  A serious looker is the filly by Var x Sarabande, who once again will attract lots of attention with her awesome grey colouring.”

Pippa also highlighted the Oratorio x Madam Justice colt who is smashing, big and rangy out of a mare who is the full sister to Champion racehorse Legislate. The last colt to be mentioned for now, is one by Futura out of Miss October.  According to Pippa he is flashy and leggy and his mom by Var was a proper racehorse, which makes him one to look out for.

Last but not least there is the magnificent filly by Trippi out of Val de Ra, who is growing beautifully and seems set to be an attention grabber in future.

We look forward to the rest of the season, and hope to show off the newcomers in the public paddocks soon!

 

 

 

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/