Over the weekend, two new releases from Avontuur, the Helderberg winery and thoroughbred stud, the individual wines named for horses bred on the property.
Avontuur Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2013
A flamboyant take on the variety due in part to some oak maturation. Packed with flavour – pronounced pineapple but also grapefruit and granadilla. Rich, full and smooth textured with nicely coated acidity.
Avontuur Minelli Pinot Noir Reserve 2010
The over-riding impression is of oak but also some maraschino cherries. Sweet on entry before an astringent finish. About as far away from Burgundy as you can possibly get.