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The Liberator Episode 21 ‘MSG’ 2017

13% abv

“GSM” and “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 as MSG…? I suspect not, and it’s because producers are afraid that their wine will be tarnished with a link to the well-known, much-maligned food flavour enhancer. There is no one braver, however, than Rick to break the MSG deadlock.

Apparently, Monosodium Glutamate was first prepared in 1908 by Japanese biochemist, Kikunae Ikeda, who was trying to isolate and duplicate the savoury taste of kombu, an edible seaweed used as a base for many Japanese soups. MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid and is said to ‘balance, blend and round the perception of other taste’s’. One could say that the blending of grapes, sets out to achieve the same objective.

Ironically, MSG’s ‘E number’ is E621. As The Liberator hits Episode 21, it’s a timely coincidence…

The wine itself comes from the new regime at Lammershoek, a winery with a reputation for its Swartland ‘Rhône’ style reds. The provisional blend was put together in September 2018, with the wine resting in tank until June 2019, when it was finally bottled.

For those who might claim this is marketing over substance, well Rick would take their comments with a pinch of MSG…. And yes, of course it goes well with Chinese food.

£18.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 2 remaining

Some say that The Liberator conjures up images of a disguised, cloaked superhero, charging around the Winelands rescuing bottles in distress. But this is no Superman. He’s 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 his regular jaunts around the Cape, Rick is 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 his 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.

Reference #:
12224
Strength
13 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Grapes
Grenache (Garnacha/Cannonau), Mourvedre (Mataro / Monastrell), Shiraz / Syrah
Organic
No
Biodynamic
No
Vegan
No
Vegetarian
No
Sparkling
No

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