SA vs Loire Chenin Blanc

Are we making the most of Chenin Blanc? It may seem a strange question to ask at a point when the variety is receiving the most positive media coverage it has done in the past 20 years but that was the precisely the theme of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting presented by Niels […]

September 7, 2015
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 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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One Man Band by Iona 2008

One Man Band is the new high-end red blend from Andrew and Rozy Gunn of Iona in Elgin. When the two married in 2003, they kept both their properties, his high on the mountain overlooking the sea and hers in a more inland valley. Being more maritime, the top farm is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon […]

August 21, 2012
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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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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