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Brookdale Sixteen

FIELD BLEND

At Brookdale, we seek to explore our terroir not only with a site-specific approach, but also a vintage-specific one. The Brookdale Sixteen Field Blend exemplifies this mission. Tim Rudd is fascinated with the art of true field blends where grapes are ‘blended’ in the ‘field’, rather than grown and vinified separately before blending. In South Africa, field blends are typically different varieties grown in the same vineyard block, but kept separate in rows.

That’s not how we did it…

The Sixteen is comprised of 16 varietals, interplanted as bush vines without rhyme or reason. We wanted to explore the naturally occurring microclimates and profile of a wine that is a true South African field blend, as nature might have intended if she were a winemaker.

In this, our maiden vintage of the Brookdale Sixteen Field Blend, we have recaptured the lost art of field blend winemaking. A wine of character, intrigue, and incredible flavour, this wine is a perfect evolution for the Brookdale Wine Range.

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Brookdale Estate's Sixteen Field Blend wine (bottle and glass)
Brookdale Field Blend Sixteen vineyard block during harvest

THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS

What customers & critics are saying

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Like a meadow in spring, the wine is aromatically diverse with an enveloping texture and clean finish.

Malu Lambert
WINE WRITER, 2022

The first chapter in a long held dream to recapture the lost art of field blend wine making, in a South African context.

Tim Rudd
PROPRIETOR, 2022

The finish being grippy and dry but not excessively so. Without being overly forceful, it still instantly captures your attention.

Christian Eedes
WINE JOURNALIST, 2022
Brookdale Sixteen Field Blend wine bottle and glass

TASTING NOTES

The first chapter in our field blend story. Like a meadow in spring, the wine is
aromatically diverse laced with white flowers, heather, orange blossom, and hints
of jasmine, then bright green apples, pear and an undertone of nutty apricot kernel.
Subtle, balanced with a soft, enveloping texture, the palate offers concentrated,
minerally stone fruits evolving to nectarines and ripe citrus. This depth is cut with a
juicy, mouth-watering acidity before a pithy finish.

WINEMAKING

A celebration of the lost art of field blend winemaking; 16 white varietals were planted
as bush vines on decomposed shale and granite, harvested with many different passes.
The grapes were picked on ‘gut feel’ due to the variability of the grapes. The fruit was
pre-cooled and whole-bunch pressed before spontaneous fermentation and partial
malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel-fermented, aged in old 500L French oak
barrels for 1 year prior to bottling and spent 4 months in bottle before release.

technical analysis

ALCOHOL 14% Vol
TOTAL ACIDITY 5,4 g/l
pH 3,36
RESIDUAL SUGAR 1,2 g/l

 

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