Ryk Neethling VIP Wine Launch – Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate

VIVID organised the VIP launch of Ryk Neethling’s exclusive new Wine at the exquisite Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate on Friday the 11th of February 2011.

The sophisticated black-tie affair, sponsored by BlackBerry, took place in the elegant surroundings of the Polo Club Lounge Bar and Restaurant on the picturesque Winelands estate. Glenfiddich, Tag Heuer and Val de Vie Wine ensured that the ‘Whisky – Wine – Watches’ theme was upheld. And VIPs, celebrities and friends of Ryk, gathered on the exquisite Polo Pavilion where they enjoyed a polo match on Val de Vie’s pristine polo fields before the sun set behind the Simonsberg Mountains. Perfect weather and delicious cocktails were enjoyed with the classic jazz sounds of Haydn & The Hotshots in the background.

As the sun set over the Paarl-Franshhoek Valley, Val de Vie’s Polo Club Restaurant started serving mouthwatering Italian-style canapés, which lasted throughout the evening, and offered guests a selection of Val de Vie’s signature Wines, before reclining in the BlackBerry cigar lounge tasting Glenfiddich’s range of whiskies.

The much anticipated Ryk Neethling Wine was unveiled during Ryk’s speech in which he enthused guests with his passion for the Val de Vie Estate (which he will call home later this year) and the unique Rhône-style wines they make. Val de Vie’s winemaker, Harold Versfeld, was up next, where he talked about how he and Ryk went about blending this easy drinking red blend, spending hours meticulously tasting and mixing and matching until they reached a flawless blend that was to be the new Ryk Neethling blend.

In keeping with Val de Vie’s varietals, the wine is a Rhône-style blend, made up of some of the best Rhône cultivars – 55% Syrah, 18% Carignan, 15% Mourvedre, 7% Grenache and 5% Cinsaut. The production of the wine was limited to only 3000 bottles, and has already been listed in 26 restaurants countrywide.

This stunning new wine fits in perfectly with Val de Vie’s signature Rhône portfolio and was much enjoyed by all at the launch. Guests were further lucky enough to each leave with their own bottle of Ryk Neethling to take home and enjoy.

For more information on the Ryk Neethling blend, please visit Val de Vie’s website on www.valdevie.co.za , or contact the cellar directly at wine@valdevie.co.za

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