Luddite Saboteur Red Blend 2017
Luddite Saboteur Red Blend 2017 is the seventh vintage of this attractive rascal from South African. In 1995 Niels and Penny Verburg returned 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 have evolved into an established and respected brand. The year 2009 was the year they used their own cellar for the first time and the first year that all the grapes were sourced from the Bot River valley. It was also the first time that a new wine was bottled to join the Luddite Shiraz. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre were fermented in small batches in open bins with regular hand punchdowns. The larger Shiraz batches were fermented in stainless steel tanks with regular pump overs_ All the components were pressed directly into barrel and allowed to mature with some fermentation lees. Some of the batches did malolactic fermentation in barrel which gives a fuller mouthfeel and structure. This vintage was only in barrel for 12 months with 30% new French Oak. All the components were aged separately.
With the Luddite Saboteur Red Blend, the style is the unashamedly new world; crunchy, juicy fruit balanced by vibrant tannins. The red blend will always be Shiraz driven with a Rhone slant. What makes it different, is that Cabernet Sauvignon is too damn good to leave out! It only spends one year in a barrel with sexy wooding and is released soon after bottling. The buzzword for Luddite is balanced and therefore the blends will change from year to year. It will always contain Shiraz, Mourvédre and, hopefully in the future, some Grenache Noir. The fruit is sourced from Bot River and neighbouring wine regions making a wine of origin Cape South Coast.