Brookdale Estate, owned by UK businessman Tim Rudd, is situated in a tranquil valley under the Klein Drakenstein mountains. Brookdale extends over eighty hectares with twenty-seven planted to vine and the remainder left to revert to its natural habitat. When Tim first acquired the land of Brookdale, it was overgrown and underused. As Tim and the team began to clear the land, replant indigenous trees and shrubs, and plant new vines, they happened across something remarkable… A single block of Chenin Blanc had been quietly thriving on one of the slopes at Brookdale Estate and held immense potential. The block was to yield the first vintage of Brookdale Chenin Blanc from the then thirty-five-year-old vines. With exquisite detail, nuanced balance and an impactful flavour profile, the Brookdale Chenin Blanc rivals the classic white wines of Burgundy.
Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2021
Ginger spice and sourdough unfold on the nose, laced with pineapple freshness, peach tea and a hint of vanilla pod. Richly textured, weighty stone fruit coalesces with vibrant, tropical nuances. On the mid-palate apricot tanginess balances creamy, salted lees. The acidity is sewn right through, fine and mineral, along a seam of subtle spice. Quince, peaches and poaching pears simmer to the finish, echoing long and resonant with fruitful generosity.
“Grapes from vineyards planted in 1985. Harvest involved four separate pickings. Matured in mostly older 500-litre barrels before being transferred to foudre, total time before bottling 20 months. Citrus, peach, a touch of hay and some waxy character. Terrifically concentrated and thick textured but not short of freshness – on the contrary, for all the fruit weight, there’s also big acidity. Layers of flavour, the finish intensely savoury. Alc: 13%.” – CE
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