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Luddite Shiraz 2013

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One Line Description Luddite Shiraz, rich, spicy, leathery Shiraz with great structure and generous fruit
Production Method Natural
Country South Africa South African
Region Stellenbosch, SA
Producer Niels Verburg
Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Alcohol 15% abv
Maturation 12 months in old and new barrels


Luddite Shiraz, 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. He has recently purchased a 10-hectare hillside vineyard in cool Walker Bay and we await the fruits of these grapes with keen interest. This entirely creditable effort is made from bought in grapes from un-irrigated vineyards in the warmish regions of Malmesbury and Bottelary in Stellenbosch. Grapes were 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 was then inoculated with sourced Rhône yeast with the cap punched down every four hours to ensure better extraction. Once fermented dry, the wine was pressed with the horizontal basket press into tank where it underwent malolactic fermentation. Barrels were 30 per cent new, 50 per cent second fill and 20 per cent fourth fill. 75 per cent French Allier and 25 per cent American barrels were used. Total of 12 months in barrel. Wine was racked and given a light filtration before bottling.


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

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