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Luddite Chenin 2014

The Chenin Blanc 2014 from Bot River cellar Luddite is as quirky as ever. Partly from own plantings and partly from 40 to 60 year old vines on the Van der Stel Pass, both batches were fermented spontaneously on skins, maturation lasting 12 months in old oak. It has a conspicuous struck match note on […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
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Top six wines of March 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 93 (read original review here) Donkiesbaai Steen 2015 – 93 (read original review here) Elemental Bob Cosmic Hand White 2015 – 93 (read original […]

April 2, 2016
by Christian
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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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Results of the Wine Label Design Awards 2016

Results of the second annual Wine Label Design Awards proudly sponsored by Rotolabel were announced earlier this evening at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for bottled wine made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as […]

February 24, 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 Saboteur 2010

Luddite Shiraz as made by Niels Verburg has never been short of impact but sometimes tends to be a bit too burly, at least for me. Recently, however, I chanced across Saboteur 2010, the second vintage of a multi-varietal red under the Luddite label (R180 a bottle) and the theory that the route to complete […]

April 29, 2014
by Christian
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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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