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2021 ‘Worcester Sauce’, The Liberator. South Africa

Bin:  915

Alcohol percentage:  17.5%


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 and cans in general:

“Nuy (pronounced Nay) Red Muscadel is something of a Cape classic. It wins acclaim with every vintage although is barely known outside of South Africa. The cellar was established in 1963 and is situated at the foot of the Langeberg mountain range which defines the Worcester wine region.

Muscadel is the local name for Muscat de Frontignan. The production method involves mulching the grapes and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins for up to 48 hours. After separation, the skins are pressed and the must fortified, with very little fermentation having taken place.


It is no secret that wine sales internationally are declining and whilst the snobbery associated with the subject is not wholly to blame, any resistance to innovation could be.

One only needs to consider the growth in the interest and sales of canned craft beer to understand how the concept has been embraced by a wider audience. Vibrant and often fiercely independent packaging with 360-degrees of graphics have also captured the imagination of the millennial generation of drinkers in the way that wine, in the most part, has not.

The beauty of canned wine is in its simplicity, as there is no need to search in vain for a corkscrew or even grab some glasses, wine in a tin can be enjoyed anywhere and at any time. The smaller size of this format has clear benefits and allows for the wine to be chilled much quicker and keeps it fresh.

Not to be overlooked are the environmental credentials of any canned drinks, which are a credible alternative to both plastic and glass bottles.  The impact of single-use plastics has dominated the news over the last few years, and it has become crucial to find a solution to this. From the point of production to the point of recycling, aluminium is considerably more efficient and has a much lower carbon footprint.

Cans are also free of TCA (aka ‘cork taint’), an affliction that has forever blighted wines offered in traditional packaging, regardless of their relative quality.

Should wine in a can be judged as being any better or worse than that presented in a glass bottle…? No, not at all.

Whilst some will aim to can mostly inexpensive, industrial-quality grade wines, which could potentially undermine the category, it is the objective of Rick to offer only the finest of South African liberations to his loyal band of followers, with Liberator fans able to enjoy the same diverse selection of wines, produced mostly in small, finite quantities, as they would expect to find in conventional Liberator bottles.

It will simply allow more drinkers an opportunity to experiment, with wines presented in an alternative and convenient single-serve format, rather than having to invest in opening a whole bottle.

Rick in a tin… What is not to love?”


£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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