Saboteur Red Blend Luddite 2020

Saboteur Red Blend Luddite
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The weekend

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Deep, Full, Savoury

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Saboteur Red Blend Luddite, Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, cool vintage, elegant red wine with power and freshness.  The nose opens with spice, cinnamon, tobacco, bright red fruits and floral notes.  The palate is all juicy red fruits on entry with dark fruit and spice on the mid-palate and a long dry, savoury finish.  This is a great wines for the classic South African Braai or any grilled meat dishes.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural
Producer Niels Verburg - Luddite
Country South Africa
Region Bot River, SA
Vintage 2020
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah/Shiraz
Alcohol 14% ABV
Maturation 12 months in oak barrels, 18% new
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 6-8 years
Food Matching Blue Cheese, Charcuterie, Curries, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Sauces

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 believes 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 Saboteur range but it is in Bot River where he is aiming for the stars and is starting to produce wine 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.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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