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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
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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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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 starter, a delicious Namibian crab risotto with warm bouillabaisse gelee and salmon roe  – [...]

September 30, 2011
by Christian
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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 carries its 15.5% alcohol well. Who wants “elegant and delicate” when there’s snow on the [...]

August 7, 2011
by Christian
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