The Liberator, 'Opposites Attract', Constantia, South Africa, 2019Regular price £16.00
The perfect date night wine? We feel sick even suggesting such cliché, but you know it makes sense. Especially if Steak is on the menu. Here we have a big, juicy (Merlot) and earthy wine with some lovely fragrant spice and floral (Syrah) hints.
Geography and convention tell us one should never blend maritime Merlot with continental Syrah. I mean, really… this would never happen in the renowned appellations of France…? In the New World, however, winemakers are not beholden to such tradition or etiquette. Forget about the token addition of Cabernet Franc...
A note from importer, Rick (the alter ego of Richard Kelley, MW, one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of South African wine):
"Beyond the periphery of South Africa’s conventional vineyard regions lie great vinous treasures, resigned to anonymity; forgotten, abandoned or just simply undiscovered. It is the mission of Rick, our intrepid Cape Crusader, to seek out and liberate these rare wines, consigning them to the table of the most inquisitive and discerning imbiber. Each episode represents a single discovery; a precious parcel that is both unique and finite".