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.