What I Drank Last Night
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Luddite Saboteur 2010

Not just a cog in the wheel.

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 … [Read more...]

Luddite Chenin Blanc 2012

Hand tooled.

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 … [Read more...]

Luddite Shiraz 2007

Rage against the machine.

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 … [Read more...]

Luddite Shiraz 2004


On Wednesday night, dinner at Steenberg’s Bistro 1682 as guests of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Before being seated trout beignet with Steenberg Pinot Noir MCC 2008, perhaps the best vintage of this wine to date with great fruit expression. As a … [Read more...]

Luddite Shiraz 2002


Made by Niels Verburg from a combination of Swartland and Stellenbosch grapes; 12 months in mainly French oak, 30% new. Red and black fruit, some savoury developed character; rich and full with relatively soft tannins. Probably at its peak but … [Read more...]