Grape Variety: 46% Chenin Blanc, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Verdelho, 8% Viognier, 4% Semillon
The Liberator is the ‘private label’ of Richard Kelley, UK based Master of Wine, expert on both the Loire and South Africa (where he spent many years). He buys up small lots from winemaker friends and releases them in limited editions.
Richard explains this latest incarnation:
“Rick was never a glam rock fan, but the inspiration for the title of Episode 6 comes from David Bowie’s seminal album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
On the hunt for some new wines to liberate, Rick received an email from Rijk Melck inviting him up to Muratie on his next excursion to the Winelands. Dr Melck had been Rick’s GP when he lived in the Cape a few years back, but had since given up his Stellenbosch practice in order to return to the family wine farm.
Passing through the cellar door at Muratie is like stepping back in time. It’ a warren of tiny passageways filled with old concrete tanks that now lay idle. The place has not seen a duster in decades and is a paradise for the spiders who spin their webs here.
The wine that Rijk is anxious to introduce Rick to is a Cape White Blend; an erogenous mix of five varieties cleverly combined to produce a stunningly well-balanced wine, full of richness, complexity and texture. But the volume made was too great to contemplate selling it all from the farm. Plus, he has another spider to feed. The money spider. SARS – aka the South African Revenue Service – the taxman. He needs to turn wine into cash quickly and the Caped Crusader is his one solution…