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Luddite, Shiraz 2015 (1x75cl)
Country: South Africa
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: SAST0023B15S
Your price: £32.58
The 2014 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their November 2020 expert review tasting of South African Syrah/Shiraz (see blue link below).
Luddite Shiraz 2014 - November 2020 Decanter review
Niels and Penny met at a friend's 21st birthday party in 1985, where they discovered that they were both going to be attending Elsenburg Agricultural College in the new year. They became close friends at college, and romance blossomed late one night cramming for exams. He passed, she failed, but they're still together. On finishing their studies, a desire to make wine but with no access to vineyards (these were the dark days in South Africa), Penny and Niels left the country in 1989. 1995 saw the Verburg family return to South Africa from Europe. Niels had worked as a flying winemaker in France, Chili, New Zealand and Australia, and even managed to make wine in Greece. A longing to work on a small farm led them to Bot River. After 8 vintages at Beaumont, they moved up the hill to a 16 hectare patch of land. Thirty years later, with three kids and six dogs, the Verburgs are happy on their hill, and Luddite wines has evolved into an established and respected brand.
Grapes were sourced from Luddite vineyard sites: Young Block - picked on the 20th February 2014 Old Block - picked on the 24th February 2014. On the success of our experiments with adding stalks to the ferments in 2013, we continued this trend with up to 10% fermentation with stalks. The desired effect is to maintain more freshness to the mid-pallet. Due to the fantastic quality of the grapes, the wine spent a total of 6 weeks on the skins and was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation during this period.
It was then pressed and the two blocks kept separately in barrel of which 20% was new French Oak and the balance older wood down to 8th fill. Of the total barrel selection, 5% was Hungarian Oak and the rest was French Oak. After 2 years in barrel, we made up the final blend between the two batches and bottled.
The Luddite Shiraz is a dark purple vibrancy and fantastic dark colour to the edge of the glass. The nose is perfumed with floral, liquorice, cloves and red fruit aromas. The palate has a gentle entry with spicy red fruit, cloves and liquorice on a long-balanced finish.