The Liberator MSG episode 21

The Liberator MSG episode 21

By Pete's Provisions



We love Rhône style wines of the Swartland, and this is up there with the best. We know we're not alone - this is top mover from the shelves at Casa VG. Bursting full of black fruits, thyme, pepper and violets, the nose on this glass is seductive and inviting. In the mouth, the wine is luscious, leathery and chocolatey, with a nice spice and heat. Tannins are present but soft and refined, making this all too drinkable. The Liberator swings and hits again.
“GSM” and “SMG” are both everyday acronyms within the wine fraternity for blends of these 3 grape varieties, but have you ever come across a wine labelled as MSG…? I suspect not, and it’s because producers are afraid that their wine will be tarnished with a link to the well-known, much-maligned food flavour enhancer. There is no one braver, however, than our Rick to break the MSG deadlock.

The wine is 80% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache.


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 Rick, our intrepid Cape Crusader, to seek out and liberate these rare wines, consigning them to the table of the most inquisitive and discerning imbiber. Each episode represents a precious parcel that is both unique and finite.
on his regular jaunts around the Cape, seeing the number of great wines that are resigned to a tragic fate of being blended away or disposed of in bulk confounded Rick. It might be an occasional experimental batch, or possible an interesting off-cut from some proud winemakers latest premium release. Whatever their provenance, it’s Ricks mission as The Liberator to procure these precious vinous orphans and consign them to a better home.
Inevitably, each wine discovered by The Liberator comes with its own story; a tale of its untimely existence. Every release has its testimony recounted, in a bottle and on screen, as a unique and evocative episode.


Producer Richard Kelly
Year 2020
Region Paarl
South Africa
Styles Spicy Smooth
Size 750ml
Closure Screw Cap

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