The Liberator, Stellenbosch

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 Richard Kelley MW, to seek out and liberate these rare parcels of wines; maybe they come from an occasional experimental batch or possibly an interesting off-cut from some proud winemaker’s latest premium release. Whatever the wine’s provenance, it’s Richard’s mission as ‘The Liberator’ to procure these precious vinous orphans and consign them to a better home.

Wines by The Liberator, Stellenbosch

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The Francophile Chenin Blanc
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Roquefort (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Bleu de Bresse (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Bleu des Causses (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk)
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Roast Chicken with Tarragon; Fish and Chips; Grilled Pork Chops with Apples; Sweet & Sour Chicken; Grilled Sea Bream; Langoustines
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“Excellent value for a Chenin of this quality, packing a real punch. It is made by Carl van der Merwe at DeMorgenzon. He ferments old bush-vine fruit from the cool south-east slopes of the Bottelary Hills in stainless steel tanks and old oak foudres. Oyster shell minerality, zippy citrus acidity and a creamy palate of yellow apple and ripe apricot. Perfect now, but will improve if you can restrain yourself.” Tina Gellie, Decanter.com

“Salty, racy with real grip as well as fruit. This wine obviously has a future and builds towards a dry, savoury finish. Ocean breezes evident! GV 13.5%. Drink 2016-2019” [2014 vintage] Team JR, Purple Pages of  jancisrobinson.com

The Francophile Chenin Blanc
Vintage: 2017
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Colour: White
Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc
Size: 75cl

Made from a parcel of old bush vine Chenin Blanc, The Francophile Chenin Blanc The Liberator 2017 is a fantastic expression of the grape variety and goes some way to explain why it is the most widely planted in South Africa. Vibrant and packed with lots of golden fruits, The Liberator Francophile Chenin Blanc makes for seriously enjoyable drinking now and will gain in complexity over the nest 2-3 years.

Price: £9.15 per bottle
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The Francophile Syrah
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Livarot (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Maroilles (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Bergues (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk)
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Roast Lamb stuffed with Garlic and Rosemary; Woodcock with Wild Mushrooms; Roasted Vegetables; Steak; Roast Pork; Venison Casserole
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Written review from H2Vin 

The Francophile Syrah
Vintage: 2015
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Colour: Red
Grape: 100% Syrah
Size: 75cl

A stunner for the price, The Francophile Syrah 2015 from The Liberator is similar to a young Crozes-Hermitage. Packed with fresh red and black berries, this pure and vibrant wine is extremely drinkable!

Price: £9.15 per bottle
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Old Breton Cabernet Franc
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Transparent crimson, verging on ruby. Pale rim. Pure, fragrant Cabernet Franc on the nose. Sweet start to the palate - more generous than a typical Loire Cabernet Franc. Just slight notes of rusty nail on the end but altogether a very satisfying, vibrant varietal expression. Jancis Robinson May 2016 www.jancisrobinson.com

 

 

Old Breton Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2013
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Colour: Red
Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc
Size: 75cl

Featuring in our Xmas sale, Old Breton Cabernet Franc The Liberator 2013 was £18.00, now £14.00!

Price: £14.00 per bottle
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