2021 Brookdale Estate, Chenin Blanc

Paarl,South Africa,

£32.99

Bottle size: 75cl,
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  • JR-87.5
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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION 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. VINEYARD INFORMATION From old vine Chenin Blanc (1985) grown on decomposed shale and granite; minimal winemaking was employed to allow this stony terroir to shine through.

Additional information

Wine Type

White

Country

South Africa

Region

Paarl

Vintage

2021

Brand

Brookdale Estate

Appellation

Paarl

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

13.50

Duty Status

Duty Paid

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 96

In her third solo vintage at the Brookdale helm, winemaker Kiara Scott has produced an absolute cracker of a Chenin Blanc from this highly lauded vintage in the Cape. Designated a single vineyard old vine Chenin Blanc, this regal vineyard planted in 1985 continues to offer up some exceptional fruit with impressive depth, texture, and balance. The 2021 brings all the best elements of Chenin Blanc together to boast exotic aromatics of wet straw, fynbos, thyme, dried flowers, and granitic dust before appealing notes of crunchy white peach, yellow citrus and freshly cut green apple. On the palate, the wine unravels with textbook precision to reveal layers of freshly cut pineapple, lemon biscuits, oatmeal, a smoky liquid minerality and an alluring tangy, mouthwatering acidity on the long, glycerol finish. Like all great 2021 whites, this wine displays lovely intensity and fleshy concentration with an element of accessibility while the cool, racy acids lend tension, structure and shape on the finish. Kiara Scott s many followers will certainly be very pleased with this stunning new release. Enjoy now and comfortably over the next 10+ years. (96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW) [01/01/2023]

JancisRobinson.com 87.5

[01/01/2023]

Tim Atkin 93

[01/01/2023]

Producer Profile

INTRODUCTION

The Brookdale Estate, situated at the foot of the lofty Du Toitskloof Pass in Paarl, is a very impressive boutique winery owned by Englishman Tim Rudd and is planted with not only 25+ year old Chenin Blanc vines but also several other special Chenin Blanc blocks that are now over 35 years old and certified under the Old Vine Project as Heritage Vines.