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: Tattoos, Pinot Noir and one of the greatest vintages South Africa has ever known; wines simply don’t get much cooler than All this untamed beauty. This rare wine comes from a Strydom Vineyards in Napier which is rarely seen in the UK and Ireland. Matured in french oak for 10 months, it was bottled in 2016, which means it now has another 4 years of bottle age on it. The result is a delicately ornate and elegant wine that must be tasted to be believed.
And just in case you are wondering, the heavily inked lady on the label is Maud Wagner, the first female tatoo artist in America. Maud was a circus performer covered from head to toe in hand poked tatoos. She was the epitome of untamed beauty. Only 500 bottles of this wine produced.