Epicurean wines releases the much awaited 2008 vintage

August 2008


Epicureans are passionate in their pursuit of pleasure and beauty in all its forms.

And nowhere is this devotion more pronounced than their love of food and wine.

Over many years we have been blessed with the opportunity to appreciate the very best food and wine that South Africa and the world have to offer.

During this time we have accumulated both the knowledge and experience to recognize the difference between good and great wine.

For us “a great wine is conspicuous by its perfect balance which is aromatically harmonious, pure, powerful, and above all, complex.” Given these criteria we then set ourselves the challenge of creating a wine that lived up to this benchmark.

Epicurean is a product of our love and passion for food, wine and the finer things in life. But above all, it is about friendship.

Our maiden vintage (2003) was released in 2006. Since then four other vintages has been released. While the wines are not always the same and sometimes contain different varietals, and are subject to different weather conditions, they constitute different notes in a musical instruments whose melody always soothes the mind, or should it be the tongue?

In a recent press statement released by International Private Members Club, The Parmigiani White Club a non-profit private members' club which conducts tastings world-wide along with Parmigiani Fleurier SA, a Swiss luxury Haute Horlogerie brand, the 2006 vintage was included together with five other South African wines as part of the best sought after "fifth growth".

The 2008 vintage, which we are releasing today is a blend of 77 % Cabernet Sauvignon from Darling and the Helderberg slopes, 14 % Merlot from Simonsberg Stellenbosch and 9 % Cabernet Franc from Darling. A total of only 26 barrels were produced. All the grapes were handpicked and sorted by hand prior to fermentation. Most of the fermentation occurred naturally, pumping over of the fermented juice was done three times a day. Total skins contact on the Cabernet Sauvignon was 26 days; Cabernet Franc 22 days and the Merlot remained on the skins for a total of 29 days.

After pressing, the wine was racked to 225 litre French ok barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation.

The wine spent a total of 26 months in 85% new French barrel in which time it was only racked twice, before being blended and bottled on the 3rd of February 2010. True to the style of Epicurean it is an elegant, subtle and refined wine with very good aging potential. Here is a wine which is uncompromising, elegant, focused and tight with silky soft tannins.

The wine is showing dense flavours of currant, mineral, ceder, cigar box and with a core of dark berry. Well integrated tannins and full bodied with out being weighty; leading to a very long well
rounded finish.

Drinking well now but will benefit further with maturation.

Our commitment is to always produce elegant, subtle and refined wines with a very good aging potential. For us Epicurean must be more more than just a brand name. It must be a way of life!

We sincerely hope you find all this in this fine wine.


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