Episode 24 - Four-And-Twenty Blackbirds Merlot 2009
A fabulous South African Merlot with some exciting age on it. Sleek with blueberry, plum, summer fruits and sophisticated oak flavours; there’s absolutely no doubt that if this mature Merlot had come from Bordeaux, it would cost twice the price.
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, it will never be repeated. This one is Episode 24 in the series, and only 1,200 bottles were ever made.
Grown by Nederburg in Groenekloof, Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds takes its name from a nursery rhyme sung to Richard as a child. Interestingly, a blackbird in Occitan is ‘merlau’ and in French ‘le merle noir’. It’s thought that this is where the name for the black grape Merlot comes from, and the blackbirds certainly seem to love eating them. A rare wine, an interesting fact to impress dinner guests with and an expert recommendation; what more could one ask for?*
*How about sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie?
£3.06 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3282723
Style No.: 826664
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