Niels Verburg of Luddite Wines in Bot River marches to the tune of his own drum as his Chenin Blanc 2013 epitomises.
From vines 40 to 60 years in age, it underwent spontaneous fermentation in old oak. Deep yellow in colour, it’s overtly oxidative with notes of wet wool, honey, marzipan and spice to go with stone fruit and cut apple. It’s rich and full with moderate acidity – quite rustic but with plenty of interest. A very particular take on the variety.