No. 22 L’Avenir – Stellenbosch

I loved wine farm number 22 – L’Avenir in Stellenbosch. #DoStellies

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RATING:

I have rated this wine farm experience 5 star.

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Beautiful, relaxing setting, excellent service and terrific wines.

OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
84% 80% 95% 80% 82%

It is getting really hard to rate all the farms. They are all so good.

CHILD FRIENDLY?

Yes. There is no jungle gym however there is a large grass area so if you bring a blanket for them to sit on with some games, then this is great for it.
I would recommend this farm to groups of friends or families.

4-8 people.

ACTIVITIES and OTHER AMENITIES: 

  • Wine tasting room
  • Pinotage Lounge
  • Wedding/Conference venue
  • Cheese and meat platters with freshly baked bread
  • Lodges

BOOKING:
I would recommend booking in order to get a good table.
Click here to view contact details.

Cellardoor Opening Times
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

T +27 (0)21 889 5001
F +27 (0)21 889 5258
info@lavenir.co.za
www.lavenirestate.co.za

WHEN TO GO:
You can go in the Summer or winter months.
There is a large fireplace indoors as well as outside on the veranda. You can also choose to do a wine tasting on the grass area overlooking the lake in the warmer months.
LOCATION:
Situated about a 40 minute drive from Cape Town.
Take the N1 and then the R44 turn-off towards Stellenbosch.
Klapmuts Road R44 | Stellenbosch
7599 | South Africa
GPS Coordinates: -33° 53′ 11.6622″, 18° 50′ 58.7148″
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OTHER RATINGS: 

View other ratings on Trip Advisor:

TripAdvisor

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attraction_Review-g312673-d591831-Reviews-L_Avenir-Stellenbosch_Western_Cape.html

Click HERE to view the ranking of this farm against others I have already reviewed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

Visit Stellenbosch wine routes for more information on Wine farms in Stellenbosch.

http://www.wineroute.co.za/

For more information on L’Avenir, view the contact details by clicking here. 

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Here is my experience: 

I was so warmly welcomed and I like the way they reserve tables 🙂 Thank you for the outstanding service Ryan.

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What a relaxing setting to enjoy a wine tasting.

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This is the cheese and meat platter for R180, or R140 without the meat. They also offer sandwiches and salads out of the Cellardoor.
Each platter comes with freshly baked bread rolls which are just heavenly. All the ingredients are local and are top quality. This platter was perfect for 3-4 people.
Here is the cellardoor menu. lavenir-eat-cellardoor-menu-july

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Here is the tasting menu: lavenir-tasting-options

The wine tasting options range from R30 – R80. What I really liked is that you can opt to do a fun blind tasting experience.

The MCC Brut from the Future Eternal range is 31% Chardonnay, 29% Gamay noir, 22% Pinotage and 18% Pinot noir.

It has spent three months in the stainless steel tank and 37 months bottle fermentation. Citrus and floral flavors, I could taste pear and it wasn’t sweet.
Good tiny bubbles with a great dry finish. It paired beautifully with the cheese and meat platter.

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This is the L’Avenir Rosé from the Far and Near range. It is 100% Pinotage with 4-6 hours skin contact.

It is fermented in steel tanks for three weeks with no maturation in the barrel. The result is a dry fruity wine with floral notes, only 1.2g/l sugar and 13% alcohol.
I could pick up distinct notes of watermelon, so refreshing. R65 a bottle.

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Have you ever seen a wine bottle with a glass cork? 😱💕
This is the most beautiful bottle from L’Avenir called the Glen Rose from their Single Block range, 100% Pinotage.
Only 1-2 hours skin contact resulted a a beautifully light pink salmon colour.
Strawberries, rose petals and citrus notes are is what you will experience on the nose.
On the palate I enjoyed fresh acidity similar to strawberries, with a dry finish. R200 a bottle.

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The beautiful L’Avenir MCC Rosé was next. 38% Pinot Noir, 28% Pinotage, 17% Chardonnay, 9% Pinot Meunier and 8% Gamay Noir. 18 months bottle fermentation.

Fresh biscuit with young raspberry and grapefruit aromas on the nose. On the palate it is dry with good acidity. Small bubbles. Citrus with medium crisp finish and a vibrant mousse. R170 a bottle.

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This is the awesome Pinotage threesome 😍🍷👌 Did you know that L’Avenir has a Pinotage room which you can book for private tastings? Their Pinotage wines are really good! Single Block (R320), Far and Near (R65) and Provenance (R130) is what is featured below.

The Single Block Pinotage was exceptional!
Nose: Intense spicy fruitcake, supported by sweet oak characters and delicate floral notes
Palate: Dynamic and rich fruit flavours are complimented by a full-body structure, fine tannins and a powerful finish.

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Now, I am not normally a fan of Chenin Blanc but I have recently taken a liking for it.
I loved this Single Block Chenin Blanc. The 2014 vintage was awarded a Standard Bank top 10! A mesmerising nose of sun-dried apricots and peach blossoms, ripe yellow
pears, sweet oranges and a delicate hint of nut. A fruit-rich wine that lingers on the palate with well-balanced acidity and oak nuances. A touch of soft lime and a whisper of almond create an intriguing aftertaste that is both fresh and decadent. R220 a bottle.

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Below is the 2013 L’Avenir Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon for R100 a bottle.
Nose: Blackcurrant, dried fruits, leather and sundried grassy veld character
Palate: Concentrated, spicy. A classically elegant wine with ripe tannins and fine balance.

I really enjoyed this wine which I paired with red onion pickles, beef carpaccio and freshly baked bread.

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If you are getting married soon and are looking for a light, bright, modern and spacious venue, then this is it!
It has just been built and is looking fabulous!

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The outside fountain lights up at night and the water runs under the flooring. You can see the water through the glass floor.

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The deck overlooks the lake where you can witness some beautiful sunsets over the lake and mountains.

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This entire area lights up at night.

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I was fortunate enough to go on a cellar tour.

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Many first fill french oak barrels just laying around.
Did you know that it is approximately 900 US Dollars for one of these beauties? That’s like R12300. Wine making is expensive.

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One of the barrels had a glass side so you can see what is happening inside the barrel.

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The cellar was incredibly clean, modern and well looked after.

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This is the Pinotage Lounge which can be booked in advance for private tastings. It overlooks the cellar and even a Pinotage museum.

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This is the Pinotage Museum – some really old gems sitting here 🙂 It is locked and temperature controlled.

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Some of their many awards on display.

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This is the indoor tasting room.

They have a massive communal tasting table and a roaring fire place 🙂 Note that they serve teas and coffee too.

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All in all, a wonderful day.

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