Celebrating Innovation & Inspiration at Brookdale Wine Estate
Brookdale Wine Estate is certainly characterised by the unexpected. On arrival from Agter Paarl’s dusty gravel road, you ascend magically over twisting hills to reveal the shining Brookdale manor house and adjoining buildings of the estate. The Klein Drakenstein mountains form a towering backdrop to this magnificent property and its prized vineyards.
Seemingly this is an estate where differences and innovation are celebrated and this begins in the vineyards. In 2018, a mix of 16 varietals were planted side by side to be used in a White Field blend.
These grapes will be harvested, co-fermented and vinified together in the quest to produce a rare wine of quality and distinction. Field blends are known for delivering a level of complexity, balance and elegance. The first vintage of the Brookdale ‘Sixteen’ White Field Blend (2021) will be launched this month (April 2022).
Accommodation at Brookdale Wine Estate
The manor house accommodation offer is pure boutique luxury – it’s a celebration of quality over quantity with its five en-suite bedrooms in the main house, and a sixth en-suite bedroom in a building adjacent. The property can house up to twelve adults, so is perfect for special family gatherings or a jovial getaway of great food and fun with a group of wine-loving friends.
Located just an hour away from the center of Cape Town, and surrounded by outdoor activities, it is an ideal location to experience all the Western Cape has to offer in the comfort of a 5-star manor house.
The rooms are impeccably furnished with views of the surrounding vineyards out of most windows. The house is a mixture of old world charm and state-of-the art touches; flat screen TVs slide silently out of sight with the touch of a button and usb ports are just an arms length away.
To not sing the praises of the sumptuous comfort of the beds would be travesty. Apparently, they’re the same brand of mattress the Queen of England finds her royal rest on!
An Oasis of Luxury
Luxury travel is about unique experiences these days and Brookdale Wine Estate allows guests to relax in an oasis of finessed touches but also an opportunity to experience real life on a wine farm.
Arrive during harvest and you could quite possibly be included in picking grapes with charismatic owner, Tim Rudd.
The Rudd family, originally from the United Kingdom, recognised the potential of the property and acquired the 67-hectare estate in 2015. In line with their vision to create a world-class country estate, today Brookdale offers exceptional hospitality and produces fine wines under the stewardship of talented young winemaker, Kiara Scott.
Signature Top Notch Service
Apart from the breathtaking location, the manicured gardens, the inspiring collection of art that adorns the walls and the inviting vineyard-side pool, most integral to the experience is the small team of people that expertly run this estate. Seasoned hotelier, Yvonne Coetzee (General Manager), will welcome you with wide open arms and knowledge of the area and the estate’s wines.
Her husband, Executive Chef Gary Coetzee, creates delicious and innovative food for guests with strong influence from Yvonne’s own Indian heritage. Their service is supremely professional, as you would expect, balanced with refreshingly informal openness – you’ll feel like a good friend after a five minute stroll in the vineyards with either of them.
No detail goes unheard – mention in passing you love passion fruit and don’t be surprised on departure when you find your vehicle overflowing with a full bag of freshly picked fruit. It is this attention to detail that can only be found in intimate villa-style accommodation. The heart of the house is the kitchen and the pair’s passion blends perfectly with the outstanding wines of Brookdale.
The Brookdale collection of wines is very impressive but most notably the 2019 Brookdale Chenin Blanc. This outstanding wine is made from a 36-year old block of vineyard produced with a minimal intervention winemaking style.
Brookdale currently produces three wines under the label Mason Road, consisting of a Chenin Blanc, a Syrah and a Rosé. This medium-tier range (selling at R110 per bottle) is made from grapes produced by the trellised vines around the manor house.
Look out for the recently planted 20-varietal Red Field Blend that includes Tempranillo, Touriga Franca, Souzao, Grenache Noir, Agiorgitiko and Alicante Bouschet.
‘For Brookdale, our white and red field blends promise to be a distinct and expressive way to not only honour tradition, but also to showcase the vineyard’s terroir,says owner, Tim Rudd’
Brookdale is an astonishing estate made up of its elegant manor house, incredible location, gorgeous gardens, detailed service and innovative winemaking. It is an estate that is evolving and has many exciting plans for the future.
Under construction at the moment is a brand new wine cellar (wines are currently made and finished at neighbouring Avondale’s cellar) and an exciting bistro restaurant concept that is really an extension of the cellar. Tim and Gary have plenty of exciting ideas for dishes inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, all expertly cooked over flames.
From experiencing the world class hospitality and the sublime Brookdale wines, I am willing to bet we will all be queuing to experience the restaurant and the new cellar too.
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