Chateau Libertas Rouge 1979 5L
Generally considered an everyday drinking wine, however, it comes to life with age. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet and Petit Verdot.
Winemaking and Maturation
Ripe and fragrant, with an expressive bouquet that releases beautiful aromas of apple sauce, enhanced with notes of vanilla. On the palate, the attack is refined with a broad range of fruit and a beautifully fresh finish.
Chateau Libertas was one of his favourites. (SFW merged with Distillers Corporation in 2000 to create Distell.) Winshaw believed that if he could produce something well-priced well-made and accessibly styled even people who weren’t accustomed to wine would see the appeal of his offer. He soon had 80 000 followers who were buying his blend at a shilling a bottle.
An advertisement in The Wine Book of South Africa (1936) urged readers “When travelling by rail or motor (to) insist on being served” his special blend with their meals. He advised them to “please complain to the Management” if it wasn’t available and assured them that this was a wine “not to intoxicate but give just the right stimulation to the digestion needed by travellers”.