Avontuur Estate: The “new” Home of Cabernet Franc

Avontuur Estate is proud to present the inaugural Cabernet Franc Carnival at the Farm on Saturday, 20 June from 12h00-17h00.  Cab Franc fans are in for a treat with 13 of South Africa’s top producers of this more elegant brother of “King Cab” on offer for tasting and for sale throughout the afternoon.

“I am looking forward to showing our award-winning wine with some of the other highly regarded exponents of this cultivar on the day, “says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.  “I am a huge fan of the varietal and love serving it a barbecued Springbok loin with fresh herbs, which highlight the fynbos character so typical of our Helderberg Cab Francs.”

As Toit Wessels of Ridgeback Wines says: “My passion for Cabernet Franc lies in a deep respect for the cultivar and a humility in the privilege of making it. Cabernet Franc is both brutal and beautiful, not forgiving in the slightest, but the most complex and rewarding wine to make when it is well prepared in the vineyard, applying the correct manipulations at the critical times. The result is the finest full bodied and elegant display of flavour that any wine has to offer.”

Dieter Sellmeyer of Lynx Wines comments: “I love the fresh herbal mintiness which immediately identifies a good Cabernet Franc and think a really good food pairing for this wine is a lamb biryani. The wealth of herbs and flavours in the biryani brings out the best of the Cab Franc. The wine also has enough grip to stand up to some spiciness”

Kim McFarlane of Hermanuspietersfontein loves the varietal as it’s such a versatile cultivar and can easily adapt to any region and Terroir. “The Cabernet franc from our cooler climate Sondagskloof farm produces a elegant wine with a European minerality,” she says.

The afternoon promises to be a great winter breakaway with the Avontuur Estate Restaurant open for breakfast and lunch which will feature some dishes, served with a glass of the wine to add to the experience. Bookings essential:  openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296.

A gourmet pizza truck, a belgian waffle stand, heaters, throws, cosy seating and live music by “Palm Strings” will ensure a relaxed afternoon of tasting wine with friends and fans.

Participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, Camberley Wines, Cape Chamonix, CK Wines, Doolhof Wine Estate, Druk-My-Niet Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein, Lynx Wines, Mont du Toit, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Ridgeback and Nelson Family Vineyards.

Tickets are R120 pp which includes the tastings and a tasting glass. Tickets: www.plankton.mobi or from the Tasting Room.  Enquiries:   021 981-0216.

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