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Appearance: Dark purply red showing fantastic vibrancy and colour to the edge of the glass.
Nose: Perfumed, floral, hints of violet, Dutch Speculaas spice, typical Luddite cloves and dark fruit.
Palate: Elegant balanced entry. Gentle spice, plums, dark cherries with a long elegant finish with balanced tannins and a hint of wood. Rather yummy and decadent.
The 2013 vintage finally broke the cycle of two consecutive hot and dry vintages. The cooler, longer ripening time allowed us to make wines that were both elegant and balanced with good, natural acidity. We had time on our side to pick both blocks separately and give them the necessary attention that they need ie extra time on skins and a longer, cooler fermentation. This has resulted in a wine with great perfume and femininity.
This vintage we experimented with a small percentage of stalks in the ferment and this has definitely given the wine the desired freshness. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to post macerate for 4 weeks and went through malolactic fermentation on skins. It was then pressed and the two batches kept separately in barrels of which 20% was new French Oak and the balance older wood down to 8th fill. Of the total barrel selection, 5% was Hungarian Oak and the rest was French Oak. After 2 years in barrel, we made up the final blend between the two batches and bottled.
Grapes were sourced from Luddite vineyard sites:
Old Block – picked on the 26th February 2013
Young Block (1st pick) – picked on the 28th February 2013
Young Block (2nd pick) – picked on the 4th March 2013
92 pts James Suckling
Mulberries, blackberry crumble, earth and spices such as cinnamon. Very sexy and polished on the palate, offering lots of fruit. There’s also a good structure and tension with tangy acidity and grippy tannins, which hold things in place. Drink now.
91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2017
People who love this wine would hate to see it change, and who am I to argue with such success? I wouldn’t mind a bit more freshness, but it’s a broad-chested, figgy, incense and iodine-scented red with lots of chocolatey tannins and a richly alcoholic finish. 2017-21.
90 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2013 Shiraz was matured for two years in 95% French oak and 5% Hungarian oak, 20% new. It has a concentrated bouquet of black cherries and boysenberry jam; a touch of wilted violet petals emerges with time in the glass. The firm palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly edgy tannin, good backbone and hints of graphite toward the finish. Two or three years in bottle should soften the edges of this bold but enjoyable Shiraz.
4 ½ Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Always bold & ripe (15% alcohol in 13) but gets the balance right. Dark fruit, leather, pepper & clove, voluptuous curves without losing any of its latent power, stature. But the decadence is there.
90 pts Wine Spectator
A big wine, maturing beautifully, with hints of espresso and tobacco on the attack, while flavors of mulled spice, blackberry and plum sauce impart an element of sweetness. The tannins are a bit grippy on the finish, so try this with food. Drink now through 2024. 1,416 cases made, 100 cases imported. — AZ (Oct 15, 2020)