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Luddite Wines

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Some people describe Luddite Shiraz as Niels Verburg contained in a glass; Niels is six foot four and when he smiles appears to be beaming an embrace in your direction.

As a young winemaker traveling the world Niels confirmed his love for Shiraz when working a harvest in Australia but it was a winery in Chile that inspired his wine-making method, ‘It was as if I’d gone back 20 years, it was ramshackle, chaotic but they had great fruit and passion and I’d never seen that quality of wine.’

The Luddite vineyards lie on the eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek Mountains, 30km from the Atlantic Ocean, and fall within the Walker Bay Wine Ward. The morning sun washing over the cool South-eastern slopes encourages long ripening, which in turn creates spicy characteristics in the well-balanced Luddite Shiraz.

Luddite Saboteur 2012

Saboteur 2012 bottle

The Saboteur is a wine which is bold but had the resultant spice of a cooler vintage. We fermented all the different clones and varietals in small batch open fermenters. Fermentation temperatures were higher than normal due to a non-existent cooling plant (28°C). No skin contact was given after ferment and the wines were pressed into tank to undergo malolactic fermentation.

After malolactic fermentation all three varietals were kept separate in 100% New French oak. The wine remained in barrels for 24 months after which we blended all the different varietals together to create the best possible wine. The blending process took place over five months to make sure that we had the correct balance and percentages. Solely available from Newton Wines in the UK.

Has just been awarded 5 Stars in the 2016 Platters guide !!

Grapes: 55% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Mourvedre.     Alcohol: 14%

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