Luddite Chenin Blanc 2019

By , 6 August 2020

Not insubstantial.

“The Chenin is an outlet for the geek in Niels [Verburg], allowing him to remember himself as a stamp collector,” reads the Luddite website concerning this Bot River wine and it certainly is leftfield, winemaking involving extended post-ferment maceration and pressed to barrel with as much sediment as possible.

The nose of the 2019 shows moldy orange (more attractive than it sounds), yellow peach, ginger and spice while the palate is deep and rich (despite a modest alcohol of 12.65%) with punchy acidity and super-savoury, lightly grippy finish. It’s a wine with a big personality, simultaneously challenging and invigorating to drink. Price: R430 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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