2014 The Liberator Episode 30 'Come Quickly, I Am Drinking The Stars…'
The very first sparkling wine for The Liberator, only 720 bottles made. When Richard Kelley MW – the man behind this series of rare parcels – tasted it, he said: “If Champagne is the stars, this is the Northern Lights.” And the comparison is completely justified. The wine is pure, complex and delicate. The name is of course a reference to the famous quote attributed to Dom Pérignon on the night he ‘invented’ Champagne, “Come quick, I am tasting the stars.” In reality, this was probably fictitious, because the legendary monk was known to have spent most of his career trying to prevent the bubbles from occurring. Made using the same method as Champagne, known as Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa, it’s a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The first fermentation took place entirely in barrels, while the second occurred in the bottle. It was matured on the lees for 5.5 years, 2.5 years longer than legally required for Vintage Champagne. All that expensive barrel fermentation and long ageing makes this rich, nutty and yeasty sparkling wine a bit of steal.