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Luddite Saboteur White 2015 and Red 2014

The Saboteur range from Luddite Wines in Bot River might have won gold at the recent Wine Label Design Awards for its highly unconventional packaging (see here) but is what’s in the bottle any good? Luddite Saboteur White 2015 Sold out. 68% Chenin Blanc, 15% Viognier, 15% Blanc Fumé and 2% Chardonnay. Total production: 2 […]

March 2, 2016
by Christian
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Luddite Saboteur 2013

What to make of Saboteur, a blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvginon from Luddite in Bot River? No doubt it’s a striking wine but the 15% abv and all that comes with it seems out of kilter with the general movement towards greater refinement in local reds. The 2013 shows red and black fruit, […]

January 15, 2016
by Christian
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Luddite Chenin Blanc 2013

Niels Verburg of Luddite Wines in Bot River marches to the tune of his own drum as his Chenin Blanc 2013 epitomises. From vines 40 to 60 years in age, it underwent spontaneous fermentation in old oak. Deep yellow in colour, it’s overtly oxidative with notes of wet wool, honey, marzipan and spice to go […]

April 9, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Luddite Chenin Blanc 2012

Whatever else you might say about Luddite Shiraz by Niels Verburg, you certainly wouldn’t call it “delicate”. In stark contrast, then, is the maiden vintage Chenin Blanc. Grapes come from a vineyard thought to be anywhere between 40 and 60 years old further up the Bot River valley from Luddite. “It’s dilapidated and very uneven […]

September 25, 2013
by Christian
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Luddite Shiraz 2007

On Friday, a vertical tasting of Luddite Shiraz followed by lunch in the courtyard at the Old Biscuit Mill complex in Woodstock. The Luddites originally consisted of bands of English workers who broke weaving machines that threatened their craft in the early 19th century and Niels and Penny Verburg  who make Luddite wine have adopted […]

May 14, 2012
by Christian
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Gabriëlskloof Viognier 2009

While I very much expect Maties to beat Ikeys as they duly did in last night’s Varsity Cup rugby match, I don’t expect to like Viognier. No, not even from Condrieu. Too much heady perfume, too much oak, too much alcohol. It had been asked of me to review the range of Gabriëlskloof and given […]

March 8, 2011
by Christian
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Beaumont Vitruvian 2006

After standing idle for decades, the mill at Bot River farm Compagnes Drift runs again, restored by Elgin fruit farmer and engineering enthusiast Andy Selfe. Compagnes Drift is home to the Beaumonts, and when Sebastian, son of founders Jayne and the late Raoul, needed a name for the maiden vintage of his new flagship red […]

August 30, 2010
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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