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Brookdale Chenin Blanc

CHENIN BLANC

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.

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Brookdale estate, paarl , cape town, south africa
Brookdale Chenin Blanc wine bottle and glass of wine
Bird’s-eye view of Brookdale Estate and the surrounding Paarl Winelands of South Africa

THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS

What customers & critics are saying

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Ultimately, it’s the wine’s harmony and intensity with finely judged balance that really leaves a long lasting impression … a total show stopper and a new icon.

Greg Sherwood
MASTER OF WINE, 2019

With a hint of vanilla, the palate is rich, full and thick textured. Tangy acidity lends balance and the finish is nicely savoury.

Christiaan Eedes
WINE JOURNALIST, 2020

Third time tasting & my luck is in with this utterly charming gem from Brookdale in Paarl … It reminds me of Le Portail by Domaine Champalou.

Daniel Grigg
CUSTOMER, 2021
Brookdale Estate Chenin Blanc and paired meal in Paarl

TASTING NOTES

This wine is a warm yellow shade with a nose that displays notes of white flowers,
dried citrus peel, stone fruit and hints of vanilla spice. The palate is complex and
cleverly balances stone fruit with a mineral core. An elegant and refined vintage, with
a beautiful rich texture, bright limey acidity finishes with a lingering aftertaste.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were hand-picked at different stages to achieve balance in the final wine.
The fruit was gently whole bunch pressed before spontaneous fermentation took
place with natural yeasts in 500-litre French oak barrels (10% new), with about 80% of
the volume completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on lees for 10
months in barrel before being bottled with a light filtration. Once bottled, the wine
was left to mature for a further nine months before being released.

technical analysis

ALCOHOL 13,5% Vol
TOTAL ACIDITY 5,5 g/l
pH 3,4
RESIDUAL SUGAR 2 g/l

 

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