Brookdale Estate,

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc,
Paarl,South Africa,
  • Decanter: 95
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 17.5
  • Tim Atkin: 93


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

When Tim 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 be 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.

A study in the balance of dichotomy, this is a wine of bold flavour, nuanced character and precise equilibrium.

Category: SKU: d30960ce77e8-1
In The Cellar
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.

In The Vineyard
From old vine Chenin Blanc (1985) grown on decomposed shale and granite; minimal winemaking was employed to allow this stony terroir to shine through.
Smoky and silky and translucent. Wow, this acidity is electric! Absolutely stunning. Three-dimensional. Richness without weight. Walking on air. So long, tremulous, hint of bay leaf and finely traced spices. Finely etched and yet there is this incredible breadth. Like a clipper in full sail with the sting of salt in the air. The structure of the wine is so imperative that everything else falls into the shadows, which is not to say it isn't there – beautiful stone-crushed apricot fruit, dry herbs and tangerine-peel oils fill the spaces, brush-tip stipples of honey and brûlée hinting at the richness to come with age. More intensity than on the 2019. This is absolutely thrilling. - Tamlyn Currin.