+27 21 448 4105
Back to previous page
Perfectly Flawed

The Liberator, Perfectly Flawed 2015

R155

210 in stock

Notes

100% Chenin Blanc

Producer: Fable Mountain Vineyards

Rick is the alter ego of Master of Wine Richard Kelley – an intrepid Cape crusader seeking to liberate rare wines from across the Cape. Each ‘episode’ is a once-off and, until now, the Liberator wines have been solely for export.

Perfectly Flawed is a more complicated story and the less you know, the better! This textured, enormously complex Chenin Blanc was discovered during the change of winemakers at Fable in Tulbagh. It was fermented and aged in a concrete egg and, by chance or maybe by design, it developed a veil of flor yeast. It has a sense of wildness and a nutty texture but still offers deep minerality and fine poise.

While we liberate parcels from these prestigious addresses, this is an amazing opportunity to help liberate the local farming community. R25 from the sale of each bottle will be donated to spieel.org – an amazing NPO that develops and implements applied arts therapy programmes around the winelands. Having seen the success of their challenging endeavours, Wine Cellar is delighted to find ways to offer them support.

Winemaker's notes:
Not one, but two versions of this wine exist, although the front labels are perfectly the same. It also marks the long-awaited launch of The Liberator in South Africa. Until now, everything has been exported. It’s only taken Rick eight years to find the right opportunity to make this happen. It was in May 2017 that our intrepid explorer was presented with an unlabeled bottle of wine on a regular visit to Tulbagh. It had been bottled sometime in early 2016, although only the previous incumbent winemakers of the farm know when. The wine was made and bottled under the radar, for ‘personal consumption’. It transpired that there were 330 bottles in the cellar. A Chenin Blanc fermented and aged in a concrete egg. By chance or maybe by design, the wine had developed a veil of flor yeast. It was distinctive and unique. Rick said: ‘I’ll take it’.

Then news came that the wine technically didn’t exist. No paperwork – no Export Certificate. But, being the tenacious wine-buyer that he is, Rick didn’t give up there. He might not be able to launch the wine internationally to an unsuspecting audience, but might this be the wine to embark on a South African crusade with…? It’s legal to sell such a wine in the domestic market, but without mention of cultivar, vintage or region. It then transpired that there was a second, larger batch still in tank. This wine was ‘on the cards’ and could be bottled and exported. So, this rather explains the story of the dual existence. ‘Perfectly Flawed’ is an oxymoron of a wine. An ostensible self-contradiction. Like the label, it’s a wine that reveals itself to be a complete paradox.

Outside of the Jura and the Jerez triangle, there are few wine regions in the world where Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the flor yeast responsible for the biological aging of Sherry and Sherry-like wine exist. The Cape is one of them. Enjoying the same 33 degrees latitude as Jerez, one can understand why the climate might be suited to flor-affected wines. Remember too that South Africa had a one-time colonial link with providing the Empire with ‘sherry’. Now the question Rick wants answered is which came first…? The ostrich or the (concrete) egg…?

100% Chenin Blanc

Producer: Fable Mountain Vineyards

Rick is the alter ego of Master of Wine Richard Kelley – an intrepid Cape crusader seeking to liberate rare wines from across the Cape. Each ‘episode’ is a once-off and, until now, the Liberator wines have been solely for export.

Perfectly Flawed is a more complicated story and the less you know, the better! This textured, enormously complex Chenin Blanc was discovered during the change of winemakers at Fable in Tulbagh. It was fermented and aged in a concrete egg and, by chance or maybe by design, it developed a veil of flor yeast. It has a sense of wildness and a nutty texture but still offers deep minerality and fine poise.

While we liberate parcels from these prestigious addresses, this is an amazing opportunity to help liberate the local farming community. R25 from the sale of each bottle will be donated to spieel.org – an amazing NPO that develops and implements applied arts therapy programmes around the winelands. Having seen the success of their challenging endeavours, Wine Cellar is delighted to find ways to offer them support.

Winemaker's notes:
Not one, but two versions of this wine exist, although the front labels are perfectly the same. It also marks the long-awaited launch of The Liberator in South Africa. Until now, everything has been exported. It’s only taken Rick eight years to find the right opportunity to make this happen. It was in May 2017 that our intrepid explorer was presented with an unlabeled bottle of wine on a regular visit to Tulbagh. It had been bottled sometime in early 2016, although only the previous incumbent winemakers of the farm know when. The wine was made and bottled under the radar, for ‘personal consumption’. It transpired that there were 330 bottles in the cellar. A Chenin Blanc fermented and aged in a concrete egg. By chance or maybe by design, the wine had developed a veil of flor yeast. It was distinctive and unique. Rick said: ‘I’ll take it’.

Then news came that the wine technically didn’t exist. No paperwork – no Export Certificate. But, being the tenacious wine-buyer that he is, Rick didn’t give up there. He might not be able to launch the wine internationally to an unsuspecting audience, but might this be the wine to embark on a South African crusade with…? It’s legal to sell such a wine in the domestic market, but without mention of cultivar, vintage or region. It then transpired that there was a second, larger batch still in tank. This wine was ‘on the cards’ and could be bottled and exported. So, this rather explains the story of the dual existence. ‘Perfectly Flawed’ is an oxymoron of a wine. An ostensible self-contradiction. Like the label, it’s a wine that reveals itself to be a complete paradox.

Outside of the Jura and the Jerez triangle, there are few wine regions in the world where Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the flor yeast responsible for the biological aging of Sherry and Sherry-like wine exist. The Cape is one of them. Enjoying the same 33 degrees latitude as Jerez, one can understand why the climate might be suited to flor-affected wines. Remember too that South Africa had a one-time colonial link with providing the Empire with ‘sherry’. Now the question Rick wants answered is which came first…? The ostrich or the (concrete) egg…?

+ Read More
- Read Less

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
We update our blog daily with the latest news, videos, tasting reports, recipes and more. It's also a great place to learn about fine wine.
Wine Cellar imports fine wine from Europe, offers antipodean wines, fine local wines as well as brokers your fine wine. We also focus on selling wines en-primeur (as futures) from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône.
We offer tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town; from comparative tastings for private and corporate groups to tastings of our latest imports for the public. We also offer luxury dinners paired with rare wines.
Professional cellaring of single bottles for private clients through to pallet loads for trade clients. Wines are stored at 14 degrees in our secure underground cellars in Observatory, Cape Town.
Become a Wine Cellar newsletter subscriber and be the first to hear about our latest deals and discoveries. Newsletters are sent weekly/fortnightly.

Advanced Region Filter

All prices include VAT.