Brookdale Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021

Tasting Notes

Winery: Brookdale
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
SKU: BROCHE2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2021



4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Fine 21 (94 pts) from vineyard planted in decomposed granite & shale adds ‘Old Vine’ to its name. Complex winemaking, including fractional & wholebunch wild ferment, yields confident array quince, apple, peach, thrilling acid extends the finish. 11 months seasoned barrel & foudre more than a whisper mid-2023, but doesn’t detract from effortless elegance.

93 pts Vinous
It has quite an intense bouquet with lemon thyme and orange pith, blossoming in the glass, very well-defined and pure. The palate is very well balanced, with an irresistible entry and fine delineation. It is taut, focused, and slightly tangy, with hints of marmalade, quince and pithy on the finish. This is superb. Drink now-2035.

93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Brookdale is a name to watch in Paarl. This old-vine Chenin Blanc uses raw material from a 1985 block on decomposed granite. The oak is very nuanced here, leaving lots of space for the pasty, honey, pear and citrus flavours to express themselves on the palate.

Winemaker Notes

In 2021, we had good water availability and cooler weather that contributed to yields like that of 2020, which results in elegant wines. Grape analyses were promising with low pHs and high titratable acidity levels. Due to moderate temperatures, grapes could be harvested at moderate sugar levels. Colour development was generally better than the previous season, along with integrated tannins. Beautiful flavours were noticed in our Chenin Blanc blocks and thus these wines show great promise.

From old vine Chenin Blanc (1985) grown on decomposed shale and granite; minimal winemaking was employed to allow this stony terroir to shine through. The grapes were hand-picked at different stages to achieve optimal ripeness and balance. The fruit was pre-cooled and gently whole-bunch pressed before spontaneous fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation for added elegance, and complexity. Matured for 11 months in 500L French oak barrels, the wine was then aged on the lees for eight months in 2000L Stockinger Foudre. Once bottled, the wine was left to mature for a further six months before release.

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