Brookdale Estate Mason Road SyrahR175.00
About the Wine
Paarl has an undeserved poor cousin reputation in comparison to its more illustrious neighbors. Which is a shame as there is some magnificent wine coming out from there. Brookdale is a brand spanking new estate that is a shining example of that.
It first came to my attention in 2016 when Duncan Savage and his then assistant winemaker Kiarra Scott were having dinner at Burrata and told me of the amazing day they had planting new vines for a project they were working on in Paarl.
Fast forward five years and the vines they planted are 5 years old and Kiara now makes the wine there herself.
Kiara’s story is quite cool from growing up in Mitchell’s Plain to making wine in France and California and now her own winemaking gig all before the age of 30. But her own story is deserving of its own pages, the focus here is the wine. And what fantastic wine it is. Brookdale currently makes 2 chenins, a Syrah and a rosé.
I was blown away by the Syrah and hence it is the one I selected for offer number 8. From the first crop of the five year old vines, it already is showing incredible character.
In many ways this is blank canvas stuff. There is no track record or anything to refer to so it is very much learning on the go. Kiara jokes that young vines are like toddlers with lots of energy, and not quite sure what to do with it. She thus had to be very careful when harvesting to make sure only the best grapes made it into the wine.
The result is just fantastic and if this is only the beginning I will be incredibly excited to see what the future holds for Brookdale
Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2019R310.00
About the Wine
I am incredibly excited to share this wine on the platform. I first came across it when I had advanced somewhat on my wine journey and was drinking and tasting international wines more frequently.
It is the sister to the Albion that we released on offer no 7 and I first bought it because I was familiar with the label. Often it is little things like that, that point you in the direction of something new. I was further attracted to it because of its price, it was and still is incredible value for money.
I was completely blown away, it is 100% Syrah from the Southern Rhone which is somewhat uncommon. I had never tasted a Syrah like it, more than that I had no idea that a Syrah could taste like that. Medium bodied, aromatic and perfumed, refreshing acidity… it’s just fantastic. I have been a huge fan ever since. It is a real privilege to hopefully share a similar experience with you.
The 2019 vintage is particularly good. Aside from the aromatics and texture that I have always enjoyed, the fruit on this is incredibly pure and expressive. It really completes the wine for me and really is one of the most exciting wines we have put on the platform.
Like on offer number 7 the two wines are similar but two very different examples from the Northern and Southern hemispheres. A classic old and new world comparison if you will. What is most exciting though, is that it is a showcase of excellent South African Syrah vs a Cotes du Rhone Syrah.