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Luddite Shiraz 2010


The Verburgs make wines on a hill in Bot River and have a fetish for the old-fashioned ways. Focusing on Chenin Blanc and Shiraz, Penny in the vineyards and Niels in the cellar create the most honest, delicious wines they can. The white Saboteur is sealed with a Crown Cap.

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The Luddite Shiraz 2010 re-release comes directly from Verburg cellar. The vintage was characterised by a small, concentrated crop with great flavour intensity and the harvest being slightly earlier than normal. The overall ripening was very even with all the clonal batches ripening within a week of each other. A long, slow fermentation occured in large stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs with plenty of time on the skins to build structure. The wine was transferred to barrel of which 25% new oak was used. The rest of the barrels were 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill. The wine remained in barrel for 24 months. The wine jumps out the glass with dark fruit, cinnamon, mace and black pepper. On the palate is more black fruit and savoury spice with beautifully balanced fruit towards the end. Still very youthful.







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