Bouchard Finlayson



Bouchard Finlayson was established in 1989 in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus in South Africa.  The estate lies around 90 minutes from Cape town and, while it covers 125 hectares, currently has 25 hectares under vine.  
Apparently, they get quite a bit of monkey damage to the grapes: I was told that this is now controlled by a leopard. I'm not sure if that was a joke or not!
The Atlantic coastline of Hermanus means that the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is one of the Cape's coolest vine-growing regions: it can be 10 degrees cooler at midday than in Stellenbosch.

The estate specialises in pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, but also has South Africa's first plantings of the Italian varieties, nebbiolo and sangiovese.

The flagship wine is probably the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (Galpin Peak is part of the mountain range surrounding the valley).  
This particularly tasting focussed on the Galpin Peak pinot noir, and the Italian dominated blend, Hannibal.  Normally in any tasting, you'd taste pinot noir before other reds, as pinot is usually the lightest of red wines, but it was good decision to taste the more Italianate Hannibal first, as, while not strictly heavier (or lighter), the Galpin Peak was much more concentrated.
Map of Bouchard Finlayson location


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Last updated: 27 April 2019