Since Duncan Savage left Cape Point Vineyards, he has been fully focused on taking his Savage Wines brand to the next level and bedding down his new urban winery in Salt River, Cape Town. But he does consult to one client: Englishman Tim Rudd at his beautiful Brookdale Winery in Paarl. Named after the hamlet in Derbyshire where Tim originates from, Brookdale is a fabulous winery planted with 20+ year old Chenin Blanc as well as other Chenin Blanc blocks that are almost 35 years old.
Blend of all the blocks, only 1000 bottles produced from 50% new oak and no malolactic. The nose shows dusty, earthy, savoury leesy notes of buttered warm baguette, vanilla spice and delicious yellow orchard fruits. Palate is already very expressive with explosive concentration of pineapple pastille, yellow peach, green apple and pithy citrus peel. The acids are bright and vibrant but finely balanced by a generous fleshy glycerol texture that is succinctly punctuated on the finish. An impressive debut. 93+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Maiden release is a Chenin Blanc 2017, vinification taking place in two 500-litre barrels, one new and the other used. Deep yellow in colour, the nose shows top notes of flowers and dried herbs before orange and yellow peach plus ginger and other spice while the palate is rich and full with tangy acidity and a savoury finish (alcohol: 13.5%). A swashbuckling debut. 94/100 Winemag.co.za – Editor Christian Eedes