About The Liberator: Beyond the periphery of South Africa’s conventional vineyard regions lie great vinous treasures, resigned to anonymity; forgotten, abandoned or just simply undiscovered. it is the mission of Rick, our intrepid Cape Crusader, to seek out and liberate these rare wines, consigning them to the table of the most inquisitive and discerning imbiber. Each episode represents a precious parcel that is both unique and finite.
On his regular jaunts around the Cape, seeing the number of great wines that are resigned to a tragic fate of being blended away or disposed of in bulk confounded Rick. It might be an occasional experimental batch, or possible an interesting off-cut from some proud winemakers latest premium release. Whatever their provenance, it’s Ricks 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. Every release has its testimony recounted, in a bottle and on screen, as a unique and evocative episode.
Description: 80% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah & 10% Grenache. “GSM” & “SMG” are both everyday acronyms within the wine fraternity for blends of these 3 grape varieties. But have you ever come across a wine labelled MSG? We suspect not, and its because producers are afraid that their wine will be tarnished with a link to a well known much maligned food flavour enhancer. There is no one braver though than Rick aka The Liberator, to break the MSG deadlock.
The wine itself comes from the new regime at Lammershoek, a winery with a reputation for it’s Swartland ‘Rhone’ style. Their provisional blend was put together in September in 2018, with the wine resting in tank until June 2019, when it was finally bottled.