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Avontuur supports Cab Franc over the decades!

Avontuur Estate is proud to host the 5th Cabernet Franc Carnival this Saturday from 11-4 when 21 of the varietal’s most passionate producers will share their wines with around 350 Cab Franc fans.  As Avontuur is a long-time producer of the wine in a single varietal format, it is appropriate that this winery and owners the Taberer family,  has been supporting the event from the inaugural Carnival in 2015.

“Our 2014 vintage is the 23rd year of Avontuur producing a single varietal,” comments winemaker Jan van Rooyen. “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 23 years.”

Over and above the single varietals, Cabernet Franc has often featured as the driving force in the Estate’s flagship red blend, the Baccarat as well. The current vintage is the 2012 which once again consists of a blend of 39% Cab Franc, 22& Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot respectively and 5% Petit Verdot.

Avontuur is offering the 2014 Cabernet Franc and the 2012 Baccarat on Saturday from their stand at the Carnival and also has a 2-pack special on both wines from the tasting room.  Two bottles of the Cabernet Franc will sell for R300 (Normally R360) and a 2-pack of the Baccarat for R500 instead of the usual R600. 

So, if you’re a fan, round up some friends and make a plan to join in the fun at this intimate event. Tickets are available online at www.plankton.mobi at R250 pp (Includes free tastings, a branded wine glass and a R50 food coupon) or R280 from the Ticket Office at the event, if there are still tickets available.

For more info visit www.cvomarketing.co.za and follow Cab Franc Carnival on social media.

 

Sauvignon Blanc Reserve wins slew of medals

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the Avontuur team are smiling from ear to ear today after receiving  the Grand Cru (Best in Category), Top 100 and Double Platinum award for the 2017 Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve last night at the National Wine Challenge 2019 awards ceremony at Spier in Stellenbosch.

Jan is obviously especially thrilled with the medals for the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve; “Years of planning and production culminated in winning these accolades for our Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve. With this “blanc fumé” style of Sauvignon Blanc I am moving closer to my ultimate goal of creating an iconic white wine for Avontuur Estate by presenting you with the finest selection of our soil/climate/location crafted into your glass”

He went on to talk about the terroir and vintage; “How great to have a Sauvignon Blanc from the Helderberg wine growing area as a Top 100 wine, and this being a 2017 vintage proves that South African white wines have the power to last longer and be enjoyed beyond the year of production”

Over and above the Sauvignon Blanc, Avontuur also received  a Double Gold for the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and a Double Silver for the Cabernet/Merlot 2016.

 Jan comments; “Receiving a  double gold and double silver for these wines from the 2016 vintage is simply awesome. It proves that Helderberg Stellenbosch is a prime spot for growing great red wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. Enjoy the power and elegance of the Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that will develop and last for many years after bottling. The Cabernet/Merlot is made to be enjoyed from the release date, but can be matured for another 5+ years”

The wines are available from the tasting room at the Estate or from the online wine shop at www.avontuurestate.co.za  although as Avontuur is a boutique producer, some of the vintages might be sold out soon!

Avontuur hosts Carnival for the 5th time.

The 2019 Cabernet Franc Carnival takes place on Saturday, 18 May from 11-4 at scenic Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.  Twenty one of South Africa’s most passionate producers of this fascinating varietal will offer their wines for tasting and sale at the event.

 

Participating wineries are:  Avontuur Estate,  Bushmanspad Estate,  Delaire Graff Estate, Doolhof Estate, Druk my Niet Wine Estate, Hillcrest Estate,  Holden Manz Wine Estate,  Keermont Wines, Landskroon Wines, Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate, Mulderbosch  Vineyards,  My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Onderkloof,  Ormonde Vineyards,  Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Estate, Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest, Vrede en Lust and Whalehaven.

FOOD OPTIONS (Use your R50 discount food coupon to enjoy!)

Over and above enjoying the day with fellow Cab Franc fans, the  great views from the lawns of Avontuur Estate and the yummy food from the Avontuur Estate Restaurant  are integral to the festival.  The restaurant is open for breakfast (always a good idea before wine tasting!) or lunch dishes ranging from the full menu to lighter options.  Bookings essential at:  openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296.  The restaurant also runs a food stall serving coffee and baked treats on the terrace.

Visitors always love the eats from a carefully curated selection of food trucks. This year local favourite Ishushu Pizza’s will be on hand and newcomer Great Grub  will be presenting beef sliders,  veggie burgers , quinoa & butternut salad, pork belly/pulled beef taco’s and chicken and pork spring rolls.  The Avontuur Tasting Room will offer cheese platters for a lighter meal.

TUTORED TASTINGS – CHALLENGE TOP 6

The interactive tutored tastings of the 2019 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, Christine Rudman. Tickets cost R150 pp extra and only 20 seats per session are available at 11h30, 13h00 and 14h30.

 

TICKETS:

At www.plankton.mobi .  R250 pp on-line and R280 at the gate.  (Includes the tastings, a branded glass and a R50 discount coupon to spend on food.)  Tickets are limited to ensure a quality experience.  

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

Yearlings safely in Joburg – viewings now on!

After a tiring trip to Gauteng everyone has arrived safely and seem to be settling in well.  Regular viewings and much socialising and catching up with old friends seem to be the order of the day.

 

Pop in to visit us at our stable lounge and stay for a glass of wine and snack, whilst having a look at our yearling selection.   Here is On a High Note, our goodlooking Oratorio colt out of talented race mare,  Pan Amm, who is attracting a lot of attention.

National Yearling Sale gives us a chance to shine!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm will be sending 17 yearlings up to Gauteng for the annual National Yearling Sale which takes place on 24, 25 and 26 April at Gosforth Park as usual. The yearlings and crew will leave on 14 April and should be properly installed in C-block and ready for visitors a few days later. 

Session 1:

In Session 1 we are proud to have two stand-out colts by recently deceased champion sire Dynasty which once again proves the point that this allocation of superior lots offers the best of the best! 

Broadway is a big, upstanding half-brother to Val de Ra and Cue the Music.  In the same session the Dynasty colt,  Legitimate is high quality attractive and racy, out of the Group one winning race mare Bambina Stripes.

Over and above the Dynasties, we have two Var’s – Testino, a half-brother to Gr 1 winner Attenborough who is a big, strong boy out of In Camera and an attractive filly called Sumida who is beautifully bred and really pretty!  Lastly in session 1 we also offer a stunning Oratorio colt called On A High Note, out of talented race mare Pan Amm.  He is flashy and good looking and an unusual grey colour.

For the rest of the Sale we have 6 impressive Oratorio’s on show: 

First up is Lot 250, a robust strong filly called Lucy Belle out of Viva la Belle (AUS) who is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner King of Pain.  Lot 377, a filly called Ahanah, is a high quality first foal out of Hannah Gorgeous and a 3-part sister to Futura.  This brand-new mom has done a great job with this first foal. The last Oratorio filly is Lot 445 called Caruso out of Var mare Menorah. She is from a wonderful female line which includes Viva, Live Life and Cold as Ice and looks like a speedy sort who should deliver on her promise early.

Two colts make up the rest of the Oratorio grouping starting off with Lot 289 out of Baltic Beauty from the female line of Mother Russia.  He is named Baltic Beat and as he matures he’s showing more and more potential and grows on you.  Manterio (Lot 442) is out of Manteray Bay (IRE) who is from an imported line by Sadler’s Wells. What a nice, strong, powerful colt he is! 

Var represented by a filly and a colt:

Two more Var’s follow later on in the Sale, starting off with Lot 408, first foal called On the Go out of good race mare Jet Set Go.  This Jetmaster/Var cross should be a good one!  Lot no 462 is a colt out of prolific brood mare Murmuration (USA).  He is called Winging It and his dam has already produced  many good winners, so we expect great things from this strong boy.

Some of SA’s best sire’s in the line-up:

We have already had great interest in a magnificent looking colt called Patronage (Lot 241) who is by Philantropist (USA) and proven race mare Varikate.  He has the Var good looks from his dam’s side with his sire’s beautiful physique.  Equally good looking, but feminine, high-spirited and precocious is Lot 310 a filly called All Sorts by Futura out of Candy Vous (ARG) 

For the rest of the Sale we have a very nice Master of my Fate filly (Lot 403) out of Jackie O called Merrywood who is from an excellent female line. She is attractive, dark and a smooth mover, so should impress.  Lot 260 is a filly named Mind Set by second crop sire Captain of All out of a good mare called Academia.  She is tall and athletic and the first time we have one of her progeny on open sale, so a chance to grab a potential winner!

Lot 397 is a filly by Kingsbarns (Ire) and dam Instante.  She is  medium-sized,  attractive and  has a lovely temperament.

To view the yearlings at Avontuur Estate before the long trip to Gauteng, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at stud@avontuurestate.co.za

Yearlings set for Joburg Sale – See pics here

With the deadline looming for our group of yearlings to leave for Gauteng and the National Yearling Sale which takes place from 24-26 April,  we’d like to share the formal portraits of each of the yearlings with you on our website.

 

With two Dynasty’s and some quality Var’s and Oratorio’s, we look forward to a successful sale.

Visit http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/ to see each one by Lot No and pedigree.

 

 

We are open on Human Rights Day!

If you’re planning a day out to the winelands tomorrow on the public holiday (Human Rights Day) make a point of including Avontuur Estate in your plans!

Join us in the tasting room for our Nougat & Fudge pairing, a normal wine tasting and a platter to share as a light meal!

Or start off in our Restaurant with a breakfast or brunch with bubbly, book for a light or more lavish lunch or even a sunset dinner on the terrace, weather permitting.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

NYS 19 Yearlings now listed!

With the National Yearling Sale coming up on 24, 25 and 26 April,  we’re now sharing our list of yearlings with the public and interested buyers.  Visit our stud pages on this site to have a look!  http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/

If you are interested to arrange a viewing at the farm before the long trek north to the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at 083-658-4404 or stud@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange.

One of the outstanding options is Lot 169 called On a High Note,  a stunning grey colt by Oratorio.  (Photograph). 

2019 harvest an unusual one!

Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen sums up the harvest to date in one short sentence:  normal and a bit peculiar!  

“In general there are no complaints from our side about the state of the grapes.  They are good quality without any pests or fungi and there were no specific upsets.  But then you suddenly have a substantially lower yield on the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ripened before any of the whites whilst producing a higher yield than last year, which was a little different from past vintages.”

With the completion of the white grape harvest on 21 February, which is quite a bit earlier than last year’s 2nd of March end date, there are a few weird and wonderful tweaks to this year’s harvest, but nothing which particularly worries van Rooyen.

“I am excited about the harvest to date and some of the grapes like the single vineyard Pinotage block just keeps on improving every year, which really makes my job easier when it comes to cellar practices.  The Sauvignon Blanc came in perfectly and on time, the Viognier will be used for improving some of the other wines and to add complexity where needed, and overall I look forward to the next few weeks,” he commented.

In the meantime the harvest and cellar teams are 100% committed to producing the best wines for the 2019 vintage and we look forward to the first releases in late April if all goes well.

 

It’s Valentine’s month at Avontuur Estate

We adore the “month of love” as much as everyone else and to celebrate we’re running a stunning giveaway competition in our tasting room.  All you have to do is visit us, enter in the tasting room and you could be the winner of a huge hamper of our products – which should keep the two of you happily engaged for a while!  Closing date:  28 February 2019.

On Valentine’s day itself, our restaurant is open for a bubbly breakfast, a lavish lunch or a decadent dinner outside on the terrace (weather permitting obviously!).  Dinner is a-la-carte but the chefs are having a ball creating some really romantic dishes off the blackboard to enjoy during your visit.

Join us this Valentine’s month and we will show you what “love” is all about!