2015 The Liberator Episode 28 All This Untamed Beauty Pinot Noir Napier
The Liberator collection of wines is the brainchild of Richard Kelley (AKA Rick), a master of wine and recognised authority on South African wines. Over three decades in the industry, this Cape Crusader has made a lot of friends throughout this great winemaking nation. Every time he visits the Cape, he visits his friends and has a rummage through their cellars, uncovering great wines that don’t quite fit in the winery’s portfolio, are deemed too experimental or are destined to be blended away. Rick’s mission is to seek out and liberate small parcels of wine from great producers, ensuring they reach the table of the most inquisitive and discerning wine customer. Each episode represents a single discovery and precious parcel that is both unique and finite. Episode 28 - All This Untamed Beauty Pinot Noir, only 500 bottles made. This rare wine was presented to Rick, unlabelled, by Rianie Strydom of Strydom Vineyards. It comes from a plot in Napier, a ward in the Cape South Coast Region rarely seen in the UK. Matured in French oak for 10 months, it was bottled in 2016, which means it now has another four years of bottle age on it. The result is a delicately ornate and elegant wine that must be tasted to be believed.