Some say that The Liberator conjures up images of a disguised, cloaked superhero, charging around the Winelands rescuing bottles in distress. But I’m no Superman. I’m just plain Rick; a Cape crusader perhaps, but one where cloaks are exchanged for a rather tatty Harris Tweed jacket and any superhuman powers are substituted by a supposedly blessed palate. On my regular jaunts around the Cape, I’m often confounded by the number of great wines that are resigned to a tragic fate of being blended away or disposed of in bulk. It might be an occasional experimental batch, or possibly an interesting off-cut from some proud winemaker’s latest premium release. Whatever their provenance, it’s my mission as The Liberator to procure these precious vinous orphans and consign them to a better home. Inevitably, each wine discovered by The Liberator comes with its own story; a tale of its untimely existence. You’ll find that every release has its testimony recounted, in bottle and on screen, as a unique and evocative Episode. Expect the unexpected …
Lovely deep mulberry red colour. A crisp bouquet of dark fruit. It’s not that aromatic but there’s spice aplenty, along with crisp black cherry and plum fruit. Hint of chestnut. The palate is cool and crunchy. This is archetypical vin de soif, the mild, sticky tannins freshly urging one to have another sip. Dark, vibrant and lively on the finish.
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