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Bouchard Finlayson

This is a Pinot Noir for slightly old-fashioned Burgundy lovers.

Tim Atkin MW

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The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

Medium dark with an explosive nose of red fruits and infused cherry, the palate projects cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones. Bright with a good grip and velvety mouthfeel with considerable ageing potential.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.5 g/L

pH

3.48

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

Vintage conditions

2015 was perfectly behaved, a vintage of pure luxury and a great relief after the previous two vintages weather conditions. Almost no rain fell during the key ripening period and excellent quality fruit was harvested.

Vinification details

Grapes were destalked (bar 15% whole bunch) directly into tank where four days of cold soak was implemented prior to the onset of fermentation. After three weeks of fermentation and intended additional skin contact, the fermented grapes were loaded into the press where the free run portion of wine was separated from the press fraction for later blending consideration. Thereafter the young wine was allowed to settle in a large tank prior to transferring into imported 228L French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation followed during the months of maturation.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Walker Bay Pinot Noir’
Platter: 5*
Veritas 2017: Double Gold
DWWA 2017: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... svelte, with savoury components seamlessly spun into textured whole with echoing finish. A brilliant 'New World' rendition of the classic.

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The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

A confident wine with a firm and polished profile of flavours without being overstated. It is classically Old World with good aging potential. Peppery spice with blackberry and cherry notes end in a harmonious and long, earthy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.8 g/L

pH

3.58

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

Vintage conditions

One of the most significant features of 2013 was the unusually long winter of 2012 with the added challenge of a very wet October month. While this may sound adverse, it was in fact a very ‘appropriate’ scenario because worldwide quality wine production is synonymous with marginal but cool climate conditions. This vintage represents the 21st edition of Galpin Peak Pinot Noir from Bouchard Finlayson.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels (30% new oak) for secondary malolactic fermentation and further maturation for a total of 10 months.

Awards

Platter: 5*
DWWA 2016: Silver
IWC 2016: Silver
Wine Merchant Top 100 Winner 2016
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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