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Luddite Chenin Blanc 2012

Hand tooled.

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 further up the Bot River valley from Luddite. “It’s dilapidated and very uneven – you can’t take a sugar and you have to go by taste,” says Verburg.  In the cellar, the wine was spontaneously fermented and matured for 12 months in old 225-litre barrels.

Green and yellow apple, spice and some subtle leesy character. Medium bodied with a saline edge. Really understated (abv 12.5%) with great refreshment value. R250 a bottle from Wine Concepts Kloof Street.

Score: 91/100.

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