Episode 29 represents the 5th ever Chenin Blanc released by The Liberator (and there you were thinking this was a blatant and cynical reference to a famous perfume). It also happens to be the single largest Liberator ‘Episode’ release to date.
This wine is part of the superb parcel of wines `liberated` by MW Richard Kelly. Richard has sourced this Syrah from the De Morgenzon vineyards in Stellenbosch and closely resembles the wines of Crozes-Hermitage & Saint-Joseph. The wine shows red-black fruit & a slight floral note on the palate.
Touriga Nacional remains the most revered Portuguese grape and has been cultivated in the cape since the mid 1990`s. This deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated dark fruits is also distinguished by its fragrance and perfume. It`s full bodied with ripe, smooth tannins.
Named in honour of Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Dutch Cape Colony who was responsible for providing land to the Huguenots, a group of French protestants fleeing persecution in their homeland. A great value Sauvignon Semillon from Stellenbosch.
This South African red wine blend from Fairview is is vibrant and youthful on the nose, with perfumes of wild berries, red cherry and a touch of anise and cedar. On the palate it is medium bodied, with mixed red berry fruit, subtle spice and silky, juicy tannins. Great with BBQ food.
This wine is part of the superb parcel of wines `liberated` by MW Richard Kelly. Richard believes that Chenin Blanc is the world`s best grape variety and he is determined to preach this message with evangelical zeal to all the budding winemakers in South Africa!!
This South African blend is made from grapes, mainly Shiraz, grown in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Elgin regions. This wine is created to show the fresh, fruity and spice driven flavours of these Rhône varietals. The colour is youthful and purple/red. The nose is one of crushed black pepper, dark mulberry and mixed berry coulis.
A very inviting South African Pinotage and a good example of this much questioned grape variety, the `bastard son of Pinot Noir`.... Very fragrant with a a light touch of purple and black fruits on the nose with a hint of pleasant cough syrup thrown in. With it`s spicy notes and grip it`s a perfect match for that mid week Chilli con Carne!
Newton Johnson Felicité chardonnay has steely aromas of fresh lime and the soft, fruity nuance of peach blossoms. Sumptuous texture in the mouth, integrating bracing acidity in to a refreshing finish. Fabulous value for a delicious wine.
South Africa`s signature grape, (derived by crossing Cinsault and Pinot Noir), has now created an international following. When carefully grown with limited yields, it produces an appealing red fruit aroma, a soft palate with ripe mulberry, sweet strawberry and a touch of herbs.
The red grape variety Kotsifali is indisputably a classic of the vineyard of Crete. Spices and red fruits with an elegant mouthfeel and a piquant aftertaste are the characteristics of the wine which is produced from vineyards situated at 500m. altitude. Enjoy it together with dishes of the mediterranean cuisine, baked meat and spicy cheeses.
Danie de Wet pioneered this noble cultivar in South Africa and this is a fresh and expressive, unwooded version, matured on its lees to produce a vibrant, lemony dry wine with a yeasty and delicate nutty finish. With typical attention to detail, Danie`s wife Lesca has designed classic packaging for this distinctive wine.
Made reductively in order to maximize the fruit personality of the vintage. An intense nose of peaches, apricots and mineral citrus fruit. The palate is mouth-watering with minerality flinty notes on the finish.
One of our biggest selling reds, the Meerlust Red is made from the fruit that`s not quite good enough for the celebrated Rubicon, but is still an excellent expression of the style. This wine has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour, bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful.
BEST SELLER This Stellenbosch Chardonnay from the Kleine Zalze estate, has been crafted from old vines which contribute to the rich complexity and richness of the wine. Along with the extended lees contact in the barrels. With pronounced aromas of ripe pear, citrus and orange peel.
The juice was barrel-fermented in 228l second-fill Burgundy-shaped barrels, and matured “sur-lie” in thebarrel for 8 months with occasional “barrel rolling” to add richness to the palate. To accentuate the fresh citrus flavour, 32 % tank-fermented Chenin Blanc was blended with the barrel fermented portion.
"Very much a feel wine. Very easy to produce, just take everything they teach you in wine school and try to do the opposite. We are looking for a lovely food wine with moderated acidity, great mouth feel and tons of creaminess. The Chardonnay and Chenin are grown organically without irrigation on our farm. Lovely light straw colour.
Big Easy Cabernet was sourced from the Helderberg region within Stellenbosch, with selected parcels from different coastal regions to complete the blend. The great vintage of 2015 gives the Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon a slightly more serious side. Rich and elegant with notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon spice and ripe plums fill the glass.
Pungent aromas of raspberry and red plums are tempered by the deft use of French oak. The palate is redolent with succulent, sweet fruit aromas and finely coated in ripe mouth filling tannins. Smokey and savoury oak characters provide a subtle background to this complex and well balanced wine.
This beautiful wine is a bright straw colour. Complex aromas of citrus and white fleshed fruit with chalky and spicy notes. In the mouth it’s concentrated and fresh with great texture and depth and a long crispy, and slightly mineral, aftertaste. A super summer quaffer.
The Weisser Riesling was harvested from 25 year old (Geisenheim clone 239) unirrigated vineyards, situated on decomposed granite soils, 300m above sea level. The Riesling was harvested at 22.0°B and tank fermented at 15°C.
This vintage is a beautiful expression of the grape capturing the full flavour and potential that our terroir has to offer. It is a delicious example of cooler climate Chenin Blanc fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks. Dry, fresh and delicious!
This is a top drop, Wine Magazine recently rated this Merlot as the best in South Africa. No surprise when you know that winemaker Francois Van Zyl is passionate about this grape having worked and been a fan of Pomerol wines from Bordeaux. Hand selected grapes and natural free run juice, produces a ruby red colour, with a rich and complex aroma.