2022 Brookdale Estate, Sixteen Field Blend

Paarl,South Africa,

£32.99

Bottle size: 75cl,
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  • JR-87.5
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From a single 2-ha block, 16 varieties interplanted. The amusingly spunky winemaker Kiara Scott tells me, with great gusto, that, ‘SAWIS, those lekker wine police, wanted us to plant the vines in rows [I note that I dutifully recorded this official account when I tasted the wine earlier this year], but the night before, Tim [Rudd, owner] went into the vineyards and moved some vines around, cut off the labels. Don’t tell anyone. He can get away with it.’ They pick all the grapes together, even th

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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION The plantings in this special vineyard consist of Chenin Blanc, Piquepoul, Verdejo, Clairette Blanche, Pinot Gris, Macbao (Viura), Grenache, Semillon, Roussanne, Vermentino, Marsanne, Petit Manseng, Albariño, Palomino, Chardonnay and Grillo. Yup, I think that makes 16! VINEYARD INFORMATION The Brookdale Sixteen Field Blend 2022 is, like the maiden 2021, comprised of 16 different varietals, interplanted as bush vines on the estate and essentially seeks to recapture the lost art of field blend winemaking as practiced all over Europe in the last century before the rise of mono-culture winemaking. After planting the tagged vines, the individual varietal identifiers were removed so that the vineyard would be a truly blind field blend without any specific varieties being favoured.

Additional information

Wine Type

White

Country

South Africa

Region

Paarl

Vintage

2022

Brand

Brookdale Estate

Cultivar

16 undefined varieties

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

13.50

Duty Status

Duty Paid

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood, JancisRobinson.com, Tim Atkin

Reviews

Tim Atkin 93

[Tim Atkin, 01/01/2023]

JancisRobinson.com 87.5

[Jancis Robinson, 01/01/2023]

Greg Sherwood 95

A pale crystalline lemon yellow colour, the aromatics are wonderfully cool, mineral and restrained showing top notes of the estate s classical dusty granitic minerality before hints of dried hay, green baking herbs, dried fennel, jasmine, white peach and melted honey on warm white toast. Like the 2021, the wine displays a silky fresh textural palate with a fine harmonious weight of peach stone, apple pastille, nectarine and yellow orchard fruits underpinned by a spicy, liquid minerality and phenolic herbal spice on the long, sleek, alluring finish. Once again, a brilliantly conceived creation that speaks of the estate s vineyards, vision and terroir over any specific varietal or winemaking characteristic. If you missed the impressive sell-out 2021 maiden release, then this delicious white is right up there again. Drink now and over 10 to 12+ years. 95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW [Greg Sherwood, 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.