Brookdale Estate,


Grenache Blanc,Marsanne,Picpoul,Roussanne,
Paarl,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 17


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

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.

In The Cellar
A blend of Grenache Blanc / Piquepoul Blanc / Roussanne / Marsanne. The grapes were picked at different stages. The fruit was pre-cooled and whole bunch pressed before spontaneous fermentation took place. The wine was barrel fermented and aged in old 500L French oak barrels. A portion of the Grenache was whole bunch fermented for added texture and complexity. The components went through 80% malolactic fermentation. The wines were aged for 1 year in barrel prior blending and bottling and spent six months in bottle before release.

In The Vineyard
The 2022 vintage will be remembered for a cool season before harvest, followed by a sudden temperature spike from January. Good vineyard practices were followed, and canopies were managed well, which delivered exceptional grape analyses and wine quality. Temperatures rose sharply during early January, causing sunburn on exposed bunches. The hot weather in January also accelerated the early cultivars’ ripening dates, although we harvested more than a week later than in the previous year. Frequent high temperatures during February further contributed to harvest dates shifting sooner and harvesting returned to normal timing by the end of February. We didn’t experience any crop losses nor any downy mildew and powdery mildew infections.
"Made up of a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Piquepoul Blanc, and Marsanne, this stylishly crafted new classical white from the Brookdale Estate in Paarl is wonderfully perfumed and expressive with exotic notes of honeysuckle, white blossom, peach stone, waxy apple peel, crushed grey slate, and granitic mineral undertones. The palate boasts a broad fleshy texture with succulent soft yellow pineapple pastille, hints of marzipan, pear purée, peach bellini, and yet more liquid mineral nuances. Very Rhone-like in appearance but also beautifully pithy and complex, showing off the very finest characteristics of Roussanne and Marsanne without compromising freshness. This is another very classy white addition to the Brookdale Estate portfolio that's sure to be a big gastronomic food matching hit. Drink now and over the next 5 to 8+ years." - Greg Sherwood MW.