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2021 ‘This is the Sea’ Albarino, The Liberator. South Africa (250ml Can)

Bin:  65

Alcohol percentage:  11%

Producer:

Rick is the alter ego of Master of Wine, Richard Kelley.

Over the past 25 years, Richard has become one of the most respected authorities on South African wine in the UK and beyond. Between 1995 and 2002, he lived and worked in the Cape, witnessing the renaissance of the post-apartheid wine industry. Throughout this fruitful period, he established a healthy rapport with the great and the good of the local wine scene, affording him access to their distinguished cellars.

Rick’s words on this can:

“Albariño (or Alvarinho, as it is known in northern Portugal) cuttings were first imported into South Africa by Newton Johnson Vineyards in the early part of the last decade, sourcing plant material from UC Davis in California. This was on the back of the unwelcome revelation that vines originally planted in Australia are, in fact, Savagnin, owing to a labelling error in a Spanish nursery collection.

Today, there are just a handful of producers in the Winelands who have access to the variety. Despite its rarity, Rick has some useful contacts…

This parcel was planted as an experimental block by one of the Cape’s major producers, but with no natural home for the wine, it was destined to be blended away into a large tank of Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately (or fortunately for Liberator followers) the domestic market is still getting to grips with this exotic-sounding variety. It was considered by the company marketeers to be too tough a sell…

Fresh acidity balances the full body and firm structure of the wine and, with a maritime note, it reminds Rick how well the wine matches seafood.

The lobster or spiny lobster (aka cray in the Cape) seems a fitting illustration for Episode 36. Artwork courtesy of Claire Griffiths @cgriffithsart.”

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£5.23 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£4.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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