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Miss Frankel leaves SA for exciting future!

From the day we heard that our star speedster and double Equus Sprinter of the Year Val de Ra was in foal to the mighty Frankel after visiting him during her UK sojourn, we couldn’t wait to meet this new addition to our Estate.

And Miss Frankel didn’t disappoint!  Her distinctive facial markings and beautiful chestnut colour immediately made her stand out amongst the rest of the foals of her year.  She spent her youth being visited by many local and international celebrities who made their way to meet her in her paddock.

Her extrovert personality matched her looks and her personal face book page grew organically to nearly 2000 fans who followed her every move avidly.  

When she hit the race tracks under the capable training regime of Dennis Drier (who also trained her mom Val de Ra), she made us proud with 3 wins (One of which was a black type Listed race!) and some outstanding performances in other races after a bit of a health scare which took her off track for more than a year.

Miss Frankel will be leaving South Africa soon for her new home in Europe where she will be exposed to some of the world’s leading sires and we believe that this is the best for her as it opens up opportunities, which she would not have had in South Africa.

Hamba Gahle and farewell Miss Frankel, we will miss you at Avontuur!  However, we look forward to following your fortunes and that of the outstanding progeny you will surely have on tracks around the world in future.

 

Summer time is Sauvignon Blanc time!

We love Summer at Avontuur and to celebrate we’re offering a special deal in our tasting room on the very popular  and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc 2019.  Buy five bottles at R100 each and get an extra bottle totally FREE! 

 

This wine bursts with tropical fruit flavours and the zing of citrus and is the perfect drink next to the pool or on the patio this Summer.  Cool it properly,  pour and enjoy!

 

Only from the tasting room this month,  or by contacting Ella or Moerieda at winery@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange for delivery anywhere in South Africa or overseas.

Planning for CPYS 2020 already in full swing

With the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale set for 16 January 2020, Avontuur is gearing up to get a classy crop of yearlings ready for this first important date on the Sale calender.

“We have 6 colts and 4 fillies booked with some excellent progeny by our own two sires, Var and Oratorio set to wow the buyers,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. Oratorio recently achieved 55 stakes winners internationally and Var’s achievements speak for themselves as his offspring keep on burning up tracks.

Over and above Avontuur’s own stallions, the list of yearlings reads like the who’s who of SA’s top sires like Silvano, Gimmethegreenlight,  Trippi, Master of my Fate, Legislate and newcomer Rafeef – all of whom make up Avontuur’s crop for this premier event.

“One of my favourites is a grey Var colt called Intrepid who is out of the stakes-winning mare Pan Am.  I think he will attract a lot of attention and look forward to seeing the positive reactions once we get to the CTICC.  Last but definitely not least – there’s All that Jazz!  She is a daughter of Trippi out of champion race mare Val de Ra and therefore a half-sister to Miss Frankel.  What a superb high-quality, elegant filly with outstanding paddock value and certain international appeal ,” Pippa concludes

Breeding season 2019 done and dusted!

The Avontuur team delivered 25 foals in 2019 with most of the mares already in foal again to an impressive group of sires which will ensure that Avontuur’s next crop are winners too. 

“I’m really happy with the Silvano filly out of champion race mare River Jetez as well as the outstanding filly by Oratorio out of new addition to the brood mare group, Starburst Galaxy.  She is already in foal again to Silvano so it looks like she is going to be a really good addition to the farm’s breeding stock,” Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh comments.

Other good-looking foals include a smart-looking colt by new stallion Erupt out of race mare A Daughter’s Legacy and a stunning Silvano colt out of champion speed queen Val de Ra.

It’s a wrap for breeding season this year and now it’s full-steam ahead to get the Yearling crop of 2020 ready for the important Sales coming up next year.

Oratorio tops the SA sires list!

We’re loving it that our globally proven sire Oratorio,  is top of the pops on the SA sire’s list!  What an achievement for this gentle giant who is lining up the stakes winners internationally and locally at the moment.

He still has some space in his book for this year’s season, so get hold of Pippa Mickleburgh right now at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book your mare for a cover.

Pinotage Month Celebrated at Avontuur

International Pinotage Day is on Saturday, 12 October and at Avontuur we took the opportunity to celebrate our national grape throughout the month!

Taste and buy a 2-pack of our Pinotage 2017 this month and pay only R330 instead of R380 – a saving of R50. 

You can also join us on Pinotage day for a complimentary tasting and book now for the last few weeks of our Biltong and Wine pairing, which features the Pinotage in the line-up.

The Restaurant is coming to the party as well with weekly specials, all linked to Pinotage.  Ask your waiter for more details this month!

Son of Oratorio wins in Hong Kong!

The South African racing and breeding industry had reason to celebrate on Tuesday when the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Ezra saluted at Sha Tin racecourse for trainer Tony Millard, jockey Aldo Domeyer and owner William Mocatta.


Sent off the 27-10 favourite, four-year-old Ezra picked up his first Hong Kong win when he captured the Nanning Handicap over seven furlongs in emphatic style.

The gelding romped home to score by three and a quarter lengths, while drawing comfortably in the final furlong. Second twice previously in his brief Hong Kong stint, Ezra looks set for more Hong Kong success judging by the ease of his win on Tuesday.

What made Tuesday’s win all the more satisfying is that not only is Ezra bred in South Africa, but both his trainer and jockey hail from this country as well.

A R2 200 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, Ezra is a son of the Avontuur based triple G1 winner Oratorio and the top-class race mare Emerald Beauty.

The latter, a daughter of Equalize and from the same family as champions Elusive Fort and Empress Club, won three times in South Africa and the UAE, with Emerald Beauty’s wins including a triumph in the 2003 G1 Cape Fillies Guineas where she accounted for subsequent Horse Of The Year, and multiple G1 winner, Ilha Da Vitoria.

Bloodstock South Africa would like to wish all the connections all the best going forward and may there be many more victories to come!  (Editorial courtesy of BSA)

Unique Cake Pops pairing for Heritage month

We’ve had a ball planning this very interesting and new pairing to run from Friday the 13th to Tuesday the 24th, which is a public holiday ie Heritage Day. 

 

Test-drive 5 wines and 5 specially created cake pops and find your own favourites.  From raspberry to grenadilla, milk tart & biltong and choc-chilli, each one is such a great match for one of our wines!

 

Contact Ella at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 to book so that the tasting can be set up before you arrive.  The cost is R140 pp.

An update on…. Oratorio

A lovely snippet about our sire Oratorio who’s progeny are now coming into their own!

 

https://youtu.be/bm_8QEg1LZA

 

New Reserve wine honours Legal Eagle

Avontuur Estate, the Wine and Thoroughbred Stud Farm which lies between Somerset West and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is proud to announce a new addition to their limited premiere range of reserve wines – the Legal Eagle Cabernet Franc Reserve 2015.

As all of the premiere range wines commemorate important horses who helped make the Estate the success that it is, it is appropriate that one of the most highly-awarded horses ever bred on this family-owned farm, proudly features on the wine label.

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen commented last week when the wine was released, “Twenty-three years after the first wine was made from this varietal at Avontuur, we are including it in our premiere range. By naming the wine Legal Eagle, we honour one of the great race horses bred at Avontuur Estate. “

Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh explained that a horse like Legal Eagle comes along once in a breeder’s lifetime – if you’re lucky!!  “He is from a strong line of excellent stock and from the beginning showed his mettle and star quality, leading to being chosen as Horse of the Year in 2016 and 2017.  He has raked in more than R12 million for his owners in the process.  He won 15 races in total and as he is still in training, we hope to see some more of his racing prowess in future,” she says.

Philip Taberer, co-owner of the Estate is happy that a spot could be found in the wine range to honour two stars of Avontuur in this way.  “It’s always exciting when we get the opportunity to add to the premiere range and this new addition is such a perfect fit – a great horse and a great wine which go together in the best possible way!” he said.

The 2015 vintage delivers a full-bodied taste experience with typical Helderberg Fynbos and dark fruit aromas and a firm tannin structure from 24 months in 2nd and 3rd fill oak.  The wine comes from one older block high up against the Helderberg, which adds to the elegance and minerality expected by now from Avontuur’s Cabernet Francs.

Legal Eagle Cabernet Franc Reserve 2015 is available from the tasting room at the Estate for R220 per bottle as well as from the online wine shop at www.avontuurestate.co.za  Fans will also soon see it featured in selected retailers around the Western Cape, but as stock is limited, it will not be for sale in general outlets.

Contact our tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za if you want to place an order and arrange delivery.