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. On finishing their studies, a desire to make wine but with no access to vineyards led Penny and Niels to leave 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.
The Luddite Chenin Blanc has spicy aromas with a touch of freshly buttered toast and star anise on the nose. After a while, the nose opens up to hints of peach. The palate is clean and refreshing with initial flavours of green plums and melon leading to a mid-palate of pears, spice and cinnamon. The finish is long with a hint of peachy sweetness.