In a nutshell: A South African Chenin Blanc based white blend that's both serious and refreshing.
The lowdown: Don't be fooled by the cool modern packaging or crown top closure - this isnt a weird, 'out there', wacky wine, but a really good, serious white made with some high quality grapes. Luddite vary the blend a little each year, but it's always led by Chenin Blanc supported by Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc which is grown in the Bot River and surrounding areas. Each component is vinified separately and spent 6 months in barrel before blending. It's ripe and rounded with a pleasing understatedness to it and a lovely silky mouthfeel. And it has a freshness from start to finish - not sharp, just clean - a hallmark of a good wine, and one where it's a little too easy to drink.
When to drink: Creamy in texture yet crisp and fresh on the palate this is a good partner to things like poultry and creamy pasta and as a stand alone wine to drink by itself.
After a returning from working at vineyards around the world Niels Verburg founded Luddite wines in 1999 with the express intention of making world-class Shiraz. Their farm is on ther slopes of Houw Hoek Mountain outside the village of Bot River.
Onwer, Niels Verburg's, mantra is that good wines are made in the vineyard and to that end they farm as naturally as possible with no irrigation being used. Coming up for 30 years after starting out Niels and his wife Penny have acquired, along the way, three children and six dogs and they're very contented on their hill having seen Luddite wines grow into an established and respected label.