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Luddite Shiraz - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Luddite Shiraz Niels Verburg 2015

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One Line Description Luddite Shiraz, natural wine, rich, spicy, leathery Shiraz with great structure and generous fruit.
Production Method Natural
Country South Africa South African
Region Bot River, SA
Producer Niels Verburg
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Alcohol 15% abv
Terroir Decomposed granitic soils with elements of clay
Total Sulphur Level 70 mg/litre
Maturation 12 months in old and new barrels
Annual Production 10 - 20,000 bottles
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined, Unfiltered


Luddite Shiraz, natural wine, rich, spicy, leathery Shiraz with great structure and generous fruit. Luddite Shiraz is a Natural wine from South Africa at its best, a wine of immense flavour, depth but still very easy drinking. This has all you want from a big red wine, dark fruits stewing away with structured yet soft tannins, lovely mouth feel and a finish that keeps on going and going well after you have emptied the bottle and struggled up to bed! For those winter evenings by the fire with a plate of hotpot, this is the perfect red wine. In Jancis Robinson’s words: 'this wine is a triumph of flavour over alcohol - no added water here - with real backbone as well as tons of spicy fruit. More leathery than the average New World Syrah but nothing like a northern Rhône wine.' Four stars also in Decanter: 'Bags of ripe, fleshy, generous fruit on the nose - juicy and fresh. Mouthwatering. Doesn't disappoint on the palate, offering ripe blackberry, cherry fruit, a lovely weight and a lingering finish.' We wholeheartedly agree.

Niels Verburg founded Luddite wines in 1999 with the express intention of making world class Shiraz. The grapes for this wine have been previously bought in from un-irrigated vineyards in the warmish regions of Malmesbury and Bottelary in Stellenbosch.. Niels has developed his production and his own vineyards in Bot River just South East of Elgin where he now grows Shiraz for the Luddite wine. Grapes for Shiraz are cooled overnight in a cold store, crushed and de-stalked the next day into open cement fermentation tanks. Allowed to cold macerate for three days the must ferments with natural yeast and then aged in barrels. His wines undergo light filtration to remove sediment but preserve character. The Chenin is sourced from his own vines at Bot River and has what Niels beleives is becoming its own unique style which represents Bot River Chenin. Niels owns other vines and buys fruit from other growers in SA to make his Secateur range but it is in Bot River where he is aiming for the stars and is starting to produce of amazing depth and complexity with drinkability in spades. It was a pleasure to meet Niels, a huge man with a very big smile and warmth. Wines often reflect the personality of the producer, and Luddite does that, the wines are big, powerful but also intelligent, very friendly and in no way prosaic, just like their creator.


2Reviews For Luddite Shiraz Niels Verburg 2015

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    Philip Meehan 11/12/2019

    Too many years have passed while chowing down on an 800 gram grass fed t-bone and discovering this wonder listed on the menu at the local grill in rose bank.

    I thought we would never be together again in cooler more dreamy climates

    Boun Vino, dankie boet x

  2. How good is this wine?


    Big, dense fruit, peppery, a little smokey, lingering and very more-ish

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