The Liberator ‘Episode 29 – Chenin No. 5’, 2019 WO Western Cape, South Africa

Superlative: 92/100

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 winemaker to seek out and liberate these rare vineyards.

Dangerously delicious

Episode 29 is like Premier Cru Chablis. Nutty notes of slivered almonds, some apple juice concentrate, light notes of acacia honey.

The wine is dry, full-bodied, and very broad-shouldered on the palate with intense flavours of steely minerality and wet stones, some chalky bitterness, a little bit of spicy red apple, light quince paste notes.

The wine shows great sense of weight, but the structured, high acidity keeps the wine from coming across as flabby or ponderous.

Final verdict

Climate: Mediterranean

Flavours: Herbal

Structure: Voluptuous

Style: Vibrant

Closure: Stelvin

Approach: Vegan