Region: Bot River
‘Luddism reflects our belief in winemaking where we choose to practise our craft conscientiously and thereby retain our individuality. Technology and mechanizationwill never be a substitute for passion.’
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 travelling 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 nitty gritty of good winemaking is to have good grapes, good yeast and good barrels,’ says Niels, ‘Being hi-tech and cutting edge isn’t important to me. When you go into a winery and see the centrifuges and reverse osmosis, it’s like going into the kitchen of a top restaurant and seeing a microwave, you think “Hey, that’s not right”.’
Smaller berries, better flavour intensity and great natural acidity means that the wine makes itself. Malolactic fermentation took place on the skins whereafter the wine was pressed and put into 95% French Oak and 5% Hungarian Oak barrels. Twenty-five percent of these barrels were new with the rest being second, third and fourth fill.’
A deep purple, vibrant and youthful colour while spice and dark fruit dominate the nose with hints of liquorice. Plums and spice on entry, concentrated fruit sweetness with cloves and cinnamon. Great balance of fruit and tannin lead to a long dry finish