Luddite Wines Chenin Blanc 2016 (93 pts)
Naturally fermented on skins, own fruit in 2016; old oak ‘to allow the natural grape expression to come through’ says winemaker Niels Verburg. Green melon & zesty citrus, built on sleek racehorse lines, everything beautifully in balance.
Luddite Wines Shiraz 2013 (93 pts)
Always bold & ripe (15% alcohol in 2013) but gets the balance right. Dark fruit, leather, pepper & cloves, voluptuous curves without losing its latent power, stature. But the decadence is there. Various bottle formats. WO Walker Bay.
Luddite Wines Saboteur Red 2015 (92 pts)
Blend change, shiraz, mourvèdre & both cabs in 2015 for house-style upfront fruit, heaps of spice & accessible tannins. French barrels this vintage, 50% new, add tobacco notes. Mainly under cork, small percentage crown cap. WO Cape South Coast, as White.
Luddite Wines Saboteur White 2016 (91 pts)
Closed with crown cap, tag-like neck label lauding saboteurs. Chenin, fumé blanc (sauvignon) & viognier, barrel fermented/aged older oak, but what shines is 2016’s fruit & freshness. Grapefruit, stonefruit & palate minerality. Great purity & presence.
Luddite, on the eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek mountains overlooking Bot River village, with turn of the century origins, entirely fits co-owner Niels Verburg’s personality. There’s a lovely line of consistency between the revolutionary/purist name, the Verburg winemaking approach – resolutely low tech – and their ‘sub-range’, Saboteur, which celebrates rule breakers of any sort, as the individual and award-winning packaging illustrates. Wife Penny, viticulturist, is planting more vines including a Luddite first, grenache, and a new vinoteque/barrel cellar has been built, with a large roof deck.