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Cult South African Chenin. Winemaker Alex Milner's passion is seeking out forgotten patches of old dry-farmed bush vines and restoring them to their glory. The AXLE Chenin's first vintage was only in 2018 but was quick to receive critical acclaim. A wine of exceptional quality and intrigue, it's getting better and better every year.
A truly captivating blend of 4 varietals grown from one of Stellenbosch's oldest single vineyards. Highly perfumed in the glass with layers of floral & tropical fruit notes. Roussanne and Viognier add richness and texture, while Chenin Blanc and Verdelho add bright fruit and acidity. The wine is delicately oaked, and handled as carefully and naturally as possible. A true delight that is consistently among the best received South African white wines.
Brookdale was established in 2016 by English-born Tim Rudd, who saw potential in some overgrown land in Paarl. Tim is fascinated with ‘true’ field blends where grapes are ‘blended’ in the vineyard rather than grown and vinified separately before blending. In South Africa, field blends are typically different varieties grown in the same vineyard but kept separate in rows. Here, though, the Brookdale team randomly interplanted a 2-hectare vineyard with 16 varieties as bush vines in 2018. They don't say what the varieties are but the result is sensational! Grapes are picked in several passes, pre-cooled and whole-bunch pressed before spontaneous fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation. The whole production was barrel-fermented and aged in just two old 500-litre French oak barrels for one year prior to bottling.
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