Episode 30 - Come Quickly, I Am Drinking The Stars Méthode Cap Classique 2014
The very first sparkling wine for The Liberator is an absolute belter. When Richard Kelley MW – the man behind this series of rare parcels – tasted it, he said: “If Champagne is the stars, this is the Northern Lights.” And the comparison is completely justified. The wine is so vivid, ethereal and all-encompassing.
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 30 in the series, and only 720 bottles were ever made.
The name is of course a reference to the famous quote attributed to Dom Pérignon on the night he ‘invented’ Champagne, “Come quick, I am tasting the stars.” In reality, this was probably fictitious, because the legendary monk was known to have spent most of his career trying to prevent the bubbles from occurring. What The Liberator has created here goes beyond the stars. Made using the same method as Champagne, known as Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa, it’s a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The first fermentation took place entirely in barrels, while the second occurred in the bottle. It was matured on the lees for 5.5 years, 2.5 years longer than legally required for Vintage Champagne. All that expensive barrel fermentation and long ageing makes this rich, nutty and yeasty sparkling wine a bit of steal.
£3.53 per 100.00ml
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