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.