The Liberator Episode 25 – It’s Been A Good Year For The Roses – Cinsault


Episode 25 takes its inspiration from A Good Year for the Roses, a ballad written by Jerry Chesnut and originally recorded by American country singer, George Jones in 1970. Fans of previous Liberator releases are more likely to resonate with the Elvis Costello version that made number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981.

The wine, the first ever Liberator Rosé and is one of Rick’s most confidential releases to date. It is made from Cinsault sourced from Otterkuil, a wheat, cattle and sheep farm (who also happen to supply grapes to the local Windmeul winery), located on the Durbanville Road in Agter-Paarl.

The vineyard itself was planted in 1954 and is a Certified Heritage Vineyard bearing the stamp of South Africa’s new Old Vine Project.

The grapes were delivered as usual to Windmeul, where the winery drew off 100 litres per tonne to ‘improve’ the colour and concentration of the large Cinsault berries, which are used for making their red wine. Rather than allowing it to be consigned to the drain, one smart-thinking individual ‘adopted’ the juice and transported it to Diemerskraal, (another farm that supplies grapes to Windmeul), where it was fermented to dryness in a small stainless steel tank.

Ever the opportunist, Rick asked to taste a tank sample of brand new 2020 vintage on a visit to Diemerskraal, just after it had finished fermentation. He would be the first to admit that the wine is little more than a (delicious) by-product of winemaking.

Our label design for Episode 25 comes courtesy of one Auguste Renoir, a leading artist in the development of the Impressionist style.

The only thing Rick has left to say: It’s been a good year for the roses..

Technical Information:

Producer: Diemerskraal
The Wine: Certified Old Vine Cinsault Rosé
Vintage: 2020
Wine of Origin: Paarl
Alcohol: 12.5%
Bottles: 400 bottles
Released: August 2020


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