Brookdale Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: Brookdale
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
SKU: BROCHE2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2020



93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Brookdale source their top Chenin Blanc from a 35-year-old parcel in Paarl, fermenting the result in a combination of foudres and 500-litre barrels. Tangy, focused and well-balanced, with nutmeg and aniseed aromas, some cream from malolactic fermentation and a waxy, stony core. 2022-28

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Fractional picking, wholebunch wild ferment/19 months mainly seasoned barrel & foudre, 20 (93 pts) is a complete contrast to its Mason sibling. Quince, bruised apple, wild honey, an overlay of thatch, crafted for very long ageing.


Winemaker Notes

When Tim Rudd 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 35-year-old vines. The Chenin Blanc stands proudly as a wine of outstanding character made in a large format especially for a marriage with food on the palate. It is spoken about lovingly by wine aficionados and casual drinkers alike. With exquisite detail, nuanced balance and an impactful flavour profile, the Brookdale Chenin Blanc rivals the classic white wines of Burgundy.

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 added elegance, and complexity. Matured for 11 months in 500L French oak barrels, the wine was then aged on the lees for 8 months in 2000L Foudre barrels. Once bottled, the wine was left to mature for a further four months before release.

Unmasked, crushed stones unspool while limey, powdered chalk rides a wave of white citrus and white pear, underpinned by subtle oak spice. On the palate, the sensational white fruit continues. The mineral structure presents vertical and endless, enlivened by soft buoyant acids and a mouth-coating citrus purity. The finish is luminous, with a real granitic freshness. A study in the balance of dichotomy, this is a wine of bold flavour, nuanced character and precise equilibrium.


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