In a nutshell: A big, robust, spicy red from South Africa's Cape South Coast.
The lowdown: First made in 2009 this red blend is winemaker Niels Verburg's unashamedly New World version of what is essentially a Rhône style blend. It's sourced from fruit grown in the Bot River and Walker Bay regions with the 2016 blend being 54% Shiraz, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Mourvedre and it spent 12 months in barrel after fermentation. There was more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than in previous years, nevertheless it still keeps in the intended style of having bold fruit, good spice and soft tannins. The dark, ripe, rich fruits at first are backed up by black pepper, spice, a touch of earthiness and a smooth, silky texture.
When to drink: A warm and decadent red which is definitely one of those red meat wines.
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.