Decanter awards Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2020 with 95 points / Gold Medal

Brookdale Estate Chenin Blanc, Paarl, 2020 – 95 points

The farm, which was comprised of dilapidated buildings and overgrown vineyards prior to new owner Tim Rudd taking charge in 2016, boasts a single block of Old Vine Chenin Blanc that was actually lost to the overgrowth and only discovered during the process of clearing the invasive foliage.

Cult winemaker Duncan Savage made the first two vintages before handing over wine making duties to his former assistant winemaker and protege Kiara Scott whose first vintage, and the one which caught our eye, was the 2019.

Her role at the farm makes her one of the youngest Senior Winemakers in the country but that hasn’t stopped her making what was unanimously noted to be a remarkably impressive wine with an elegance and finesse that could be easily mistaken for fine Burgundy, only at a much, much more modest price.

Brookdale have been a part of our range of wineries we work with exclusively in the UK since the end of 2020 and it’s that vintage that has been heralded as one of the finest expressions of the cultivar not only in South Africa but in the World at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards.

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Brookdale Estate, Chenin Blanc, Paarl, 2020 – 95 points / Gold Medal

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