The Liberator - Episode 20, Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics

The Liberator is a label put together by Richard Kelley MW, who is the man behind Dreyfus Ashby. They tend to be quite small but interesting batches which Rick picks up or hears about when he’s out on tour around The Cape. They all have the added bonus of really well thought out labels, some of them being hilariously funny. This is an elegant and classy cuvée of just 300 bottles made at Vergelegen.
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
South Africa
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink now
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Vergelegen is one of the oldest-established and celebrated wine estates in the Cape wine region of Stellenbosch, and enjoys the reputation as one of South Africa’s, and indeed the world’s, premium wine producers. Ownership has passed through numerous hands since the first Governor of the Cape, a visionary Dutchman called Adriaan van der Stel, took it over in 1700 and converted a wilderness into a thriving farm. Over the years each owner left their mark on the estate and since 1987 Vergelegen has been owned by Anglo-American, the global mining giant, who have invested millions not only into the regeneration of the vineyards but also fostered an extensive programme of conservation. The latter scheme involves clearing 2,000 hectares of land infested with alien vegetation and allowing natural Cape flora and fauna to be restored. As far as the wines are concerned, enormous amounts of research have been conducted to identify the optimum areas for planting each varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc), while in 1992 a fabulous new winery was built on four levels with the emphasis on simplicity, minimum use of machines, and gravity flow. Next came the appointment of André van Rensburg as winemaker. André is a legendary figure in South African wine circles, who makes a wide range of wines but is particularly successful when working with Bordeaux varietals, a skill for which 2 awards, in 2001 and 2003, of the Pichon Longueville Trophy for the Best Red Blend in the International Wine Challenge, bear eloquent testimony.

Tasting Notes

A classic savoury Cabernet with 10% Merlot.

Food Matches

Enjoy with cider and maple syrup glazed pork chops.