Brookdale Estate,

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc,
Paarl,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 96
  • 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.

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.
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)