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When Englishman Tim Rudd took over the original Brookdale plot, he and his team transformed it from it's underused and neglected condition. They cleared it, planted native greenery and new vines, and made a striking discovery—a single block of Chenin Blanc vines, already flourishing. These 35-year-old vines produced Brookdale's first Chenin Blanc vintage, a wine celebrated for its exceptional character and perfect for pairing with food. Admired by experts and casual fans alike, this Chenin Blanc competes with Burgundy's finest whites. It's a masterclass in harmony: bold yet nuanced, with a perfectly balanced flavour profile.Read more
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95/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Now a designated single vineyard Chenin Blanc, and newly labelled as such, the 2020 certainly rises to the challenge to offer an old vine intensity and quality that exceeds anything released from Brookdale previously. Everything is text book here and assembled with absolute precision. The aromatics burst forth with lofty notes of tangy sweet and sour yellow citrus, wet straw, hints of pineapple pastille and sweet herbal notes of fynbos and dried thyme. Fabulous lift and intensity continue to the opulent palate that shows an impressive concentration of white peach and citrus fruits with a tangerine kiss underpinned by fabulously tangy acids and a pronounced stony wet river pebble minerality on the long, unctuous finish. A wine with a revved up complexity and intensity but also a delightfully sophisticated balance. This is top level Tetris where all the blocks have slotted in together seamlessly to create a wine of beauty. Enjoy on release and over the next 10 to 12+ years.