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Wine Philosophy2022-07-13T13:08:08+02:00

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Wine begins in the vineyard with the earth’s minerals, the sun’s warmth, and the air the connects them. It fulfils its potential with passion, creativity and skill in the cellar. And it finds meaning when being shared.

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Vines and viticulture

THE PROMISE OF A NEW VINTAGE

A true Cinderella story, Brookdale’s vineyards held immense possibility, but needed love and care to realise their potential. In this tale, Tim Rudd plays the role of ‘fairy godmother’. Having acquired the land in 2015, Tim established an innovative working wine farm surrounded by natural beauty in the Paarl Winelands of South Africa.

Of the 67-hecatres on the estate, 27 are under vine planted from 2016 (and this is still growing). A single block of ±36-year-old Chenin Blanc was saved from the pre-existing vines and forms the cornerstone of the current Brookdale range.

The vineyard philosophy was to identify the most promising sites on the estate and establish thoughtfully conceived blocks. A blend of unusual grape varietals to South Africa from Portugal, France and Italy, as well as the Paarl region’s most notable varietals, makes for an enthralling vineyard makeup.

At Brookdale, we believe in exploration and freedom of expression – the expression, that is, of fruit! With flavour profiles as diverse as they are intriguing, and a few surprises up our sleeve, join us to explore the terroir for yourself.

2019 HARVEST NOTES
2020 HARVEST NOTES

THE VINES

VARIETALS
Chenin Blanc / Grenache Noir / Marsanne / Roussanne /
Touriga Nacional / Piquepoul Blanc / Petit Syrah /
Syrah / Grenache Blanc / 16 Varietal White Field Blend

UNDER VINE
27 hectares

YOUNGEST BLOCK
2 years

OLDEST BLOCK
±36 year old Chenin Blanc

SOIL
Granite & Clay

WIND
North-West & South-East

HARVEST YIELD
110 tonnes in 2021

WINE OF ORIGIN
Paarl, South Africa

“Wine tickled that part of my brain
that’s always curious. In the beginning,
it was about the science, and it became
about testing the limits.”

KIARA SCOTT, WINEMAKER

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