The Liberator, The Francophile Chenin Blanc 2022

£12.00 (75cl)

Only 12 left in stock


About the wine



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The Francophile Chenin Blanc marks a departure for The Liberator since this latest release is neither an Episode nor a Special Edition. With such a fantastic resource of old, bush vine Chenin at his disposal, Rick has commissioned the making of this particular wine, rather than liberating an existing parcel. It’s intended to be sustainable and repeatable; to be enjoyed copiously in the knowledge that it is not subject to the finite quantities imposed by The Liberator Episodes. With Rick’s Francophile palate in mind, these parcels were selected from two growing sites, namely the Bottelary Hills and the Simonsberg mountains. In collaboration with his old mukker, Carl van der Merwe, they were fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness. Without recourse to any malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged on its lees, prior to being bottled.

Tasting note

The Francophile Chenin Blanc is delicious now, but could be expected to evolve and gain additional complexity over the next two to three years.

About the producer

Beyond the periphery of South Africa’s conventional vineyard regions lie great vinous treasures, resigned to anonymity: forgotten, abandoned or just simply undiscovered. It is the mission of Richard Kelley MW to seek out and liberate these rare parcels of wines; maybe they come from an occasional experimental batch or possibly an interesting off-cut from some proud winemaker’s latest premium release. As ‘The Liberator’, Richard procures these precious vinous orphans and consigns them to a better home.