Episode 31 - Rieslings To Be Cheerful 2020
2020 may not have been a year that presented many reasons to be cheerful, but this wine is certainly one of them…
Rieslings To Be Cheerful 2020 is an experimental wine made by Boplaas using fruit they pinched from a local apple farmer in Elgin. Fermented completely dry, it was bottled without filtering, so you might find a wine diamond (tartrate crystal) or two in it. These are nothing to be worried about, in fact they are a sign of the wine’s natural goodness. Zippy, zesty and incredibly summery, it buzzes like a live wire with grapefruit, lime, lemon and crunchy green apples. So, hopefully that should mean the farmer that grew the grapes will like it. Serve this with sunshine, ceviche and a smile.
As a panel taster for South African Wine Magazine, a contributor to the highly respected Platter’s South African Wines Guide and a certified Master of Wine, Richard Kelley is one of the most respected authorities on South African wine in the world. Over three decades in the industry, this Cape Crusader has made a lot of friends throughout that great winemaking nation. Every time he visits the Cape, he pops in to see his buddies and rummage through their cellars, uncovering great wines that don’t quite fit in the winery’s portfolio, are deemed too experimental or that they plan to simply fill into big blends. On discovering these gems, Richard – going by his alter ego Rick – ‘liberates’ them, bottles them and sells them under the small-batch label The Liberator. Each one is completely unique and when it’s gone, unlikely to ever be repeated. This one is Episode 31 in the series, it hails from Boplaa in Elgin and only 240 cases were ever made.
£2.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3329335
Style No.: 842717
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