Yesterday I attended the informal ‘family-style’ launch of Avontuur’s latest additions.
We were greeted with a glass of the Avontuur Blanc de Blanc MCC NV (which a little bird told me is made predominantly from the 2006 vintage). This wine is in short supply as only 2 000 bottles are produced a year and most of it is sold either through the tasting room or restaurant.
The wine tasting ‘tweet-up’ was led by new winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the Vintner’s range is made up (mostly) by wines from the current 2011 vintage. Jan told of how he has become accustomed to his new wine region and its cooler climate and that the change in style for the wines was done to reflect the terroir.
Jan explains this by saying that there’s “more fruit acidity at a cooler climate which helps a wine to age much longer” and he continues that “wine without acid is like food without salt”.
Jan also explained that the complete range is also dressed up in a brand new silver ‘outfit’ with the capsule’s and logo’s carrying the same horse themed image.
The Vintners Range includes a White (Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay blend), a Blend (Chardonnay and Pinot noir blend) and a Red (Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend). The White and Blend are both from the 2011 vintage and the Red is from the 2007 vintage (the last vintage to be bottle with a cork).
The range makes a perfect companion to the rest of Avontuur’s stable and over delivers on value for money.
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