the. Cabernet Franc 2014

Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge Wines and Niels Verburg of Luddite yesterday launched the. Cabernet Franc 2014, available at R15 000 per three-bottle case, effectively making it the second most expensive wine in the country (behind 4G 67 Imizuzu 2014 at R5 600 a bottle and ahead of De Toren’s Book XVII 2015 and The […]

November 17, 2017
by Christian
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Luddite Saboteur White 2017

There are more polished white blends out there but there are few as compelling as the Saboteur White from Niels Verburg of Luddite in Bot River. The current-release is a blend of 77% Chenin Blanc, 14% Viognier and 9% Sauvignon Blanc, the first two components skin fermented for up to 18 days and the latter […]

October 11, 2017
by Christian
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Luddite Saboteur Red 2015

The 2015 vintage is much celebrated among winemakers on account of how favourable growing conditions were but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and while the white wines produced have generally proved to be very good, the more serious reds are only now starting to come to market, their defining feature seemingly […]

May 26, 2017
by Christian
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Top seven wines of October 2016

Here are our seven most highly rated current-release wines of last month: JC Wickens Swerwer 2015 – 96 (read original review here) AA Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2014 – 95 (read original review here) DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Kershaw […]

November 1, 2016
by Christian
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Luddite Saboteur White 2016

The 2015 Saboteur White Luddite in Bot River caused great excitement (see here) and the newly released 2016 sports the same alternative packaging while the quality of what’s inside is even better. It’s a blend of 66% Chenin Blanc, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 11% Viognier sourced from various vineyards in Bot River, Elgin and Overberg. […]

October 21, 2016
by Christian
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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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