2021 The Liberator Episode 36 'This is the Sea' Albarino
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 36 - Not a big market for Albarino in South Africa and these grapes were destined to be blended with a lot of Sauvignon Blanc. However their loss is our gain! Fresh acidity balances the full body and firm structure of the wine and has a slightly saline ocean note