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The Liberator Episode 25 – It’s Been A Good Year For The Roses 2021

12.5% abv

Vol- 75cl

Episode 25 takes its inspiration from A Good Year for the Roses, a ballad written by Jerry Chesnut and originally recorded by American country singer, George Jones in 1970. Fans of previous Liberator releases are more likely to resonate with the Elvis Costello version that made number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981.

The wine, the first ever Liberator Rosé and is one of Rick’s most confidential releases to date. It is made from Cinsault sourced from Otterkuil, a wheat, cattle and sheep farm (who also happen to supply grapes to the local Windmeul winery), located on the Durbanville Road in Agter-Paarl. The vineyard itself was planted in 1954 and is a Certified Heritage Vineyard bearing the stamp of South Africa’s new Old Vine Project.

The grapes were delivered as usual to Windmeul, where the winery drew off 100 litres per tonne to ‘improve’ the colour and concentration of the large Cinsault berries, which are used for making their red wine. Rather than allowing it to be consigned to the drain, one smart-thinking individual ‘adopted’ the juice and transported it to Diemerskraal, (another farm that supplies grapes to Windmeul), where it was fermented to dryness in a small stainless steel tank.

33 cases made

£14.50inclusive 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 #:
12.5 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles

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A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

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