Epicurean Vintage

Mountain biking over 700 kilometers of scenic routes, in teams of two in the face of grueling natural elements, is a true test of tenacity and esprit de corps. The Absa Cape Epic is an eight-day adventure traversing through untamed areas of the Western Cape, starting on the majestic slopes of iconic Table Mountain and ending at Val de Vie Estate.

The final stage of the race is no easy feat, with 2000 meters of climbing over 70 kilometers, before riding into the refuge of the lush polo fields of Val de Vie Estate – The Valley of Life.

Val de Vie’s proud history of winemaking has been weaved into the legend of the World’s Premiere Mountain Bike Stage Race in a limited-edition wine, named The Epic Blend. This wine is made in a Cape Blend style consisting out of Shiraz and Pinotage varietals. It is a full-bodied red with spicy aromas of clove, aniseed and white pepper intensified by the rich, dark fruit flavours of black cherry and blueberry. Well integrated wood tannin leaves a pleasant clean, dry finish.  Best served with comforting meaty casseroles, oxtail stews and slow cooked lamb dishes.

 

 

As host of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic Grand Finale, the estate offers spectators the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Val de Vie lifestyle whilst eagerly awaiting the teams to cross the finish line. On Sunday 25 March 2018, Val de Vie Estate invite cycling enthusiasts and families to witness this momentous occasion.

Val de Vie is utopia for outdoor and sport enthusiasts, with a 42-km mountain biking route trailing through the estate. The first stage of the route has been completed and includes a variety of surfaces, suitable for beginner and advanced riders. The course outlay was planned around the input of experienced riders and trail runners and features bridges, drop offs and obstacles for the adventurous at heart. Some of the best and most striking mountain bike trails in South Africa are within a short ride from Val de Vie.

The Absa Cape Epic, the world’s premiere mountain bike race, takes place in the Western Cape from 18 – 25 March 2018.

 

 

The Epic Blend is sold exclusively on Val de Vie Estate at the L’Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque at R120 per bottle. To place your order contact Barbara Hugo on barbara@lhuguenot.com

 

TASTING NOTES

 

 

VARIETY

50% Shiraz

50% Pinotage

 

WINE STYLE 

Cape Blend

VINIFICATION 

 

The majority of the grapes were harvested from Paarl and Wellington areas. The varieties were harvested separately at optimal ripeness between 24.5 – 25.5 degrees balling. Each variety is fermented separately at between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius. During wine-making there was minimal intervention, with regular punch-downs and pump-overs, for extraction of colour and flavor. After fermentation extended skin contact of fourteen days was allowed. Malolactic fermentation too place in 225-liter French Oak Barrels and aged for twelve months. Thereafter, blending too place and the wine was returned to the barrels for a further six to eight months to ensure optimal integration of fruit and oak.

NOSE

Vibrant red fruits such as cherries with subtle white pepper spice and violets.

 

PALATE 

A layered wine with well-integrated cherry, plum and blackberry with hints of nutmeg and pepper flavours. A good structured wine with elegant tannins and a lingering aftertaste. Best to be enjoyed with hearty meat dishes.

 

 

Alcohol           13.5% Vol

Total acid            5.44 g/l   

Ph                  3.5

Residual sugar     3.43 g/

 

 

THE EPIC BLEND

A true test of character and a journey of endurance, the Absa Cape Epic traverses over 700 kilometers of untamed Western Cape landscape and is an adventure embarked on in teams of two. Val de Vie is synonymous with great wine and is the grand finale venue for the final stage of the race.

 

Our limited-edition wine commemorates the camaraderie and victory of the riders partaking in this colossal challenge and has been created in the Valley of Life – the final destination of the World’s Premiere Mountain Bike Race.

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