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: The very first sparkling wine from The Liberator. When Richard Kelley MW – the man behind this series of rare parcels tasted it he said “If Champagne is the stars, this is the Northern Lights”. Only 720 bottles produced. Made using the same method as Champagne, known as the Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa. It’s a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The first fermentation took place entirely in barrels while the second occurred in bottle. It was matured on its lees for 5.5 years, 2.5 years longer than required for vintage Champagne. All that barrel fermentation and long ageing makes this a rich, nutty & yeasty sparkling wine with a bit of steel.