The Bouchard Finlayson estate stretches across 125 hectares of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. However, only 25 hectares is cultivated under vine with the remainder set aside as a conservancy to protect the indigenous ‘fynbos’ vegetation endemic to the Western Cape.
The valley offers a remarkable location to grow vineyards, with a terroir influenced as much by the ancient soils as the cool coastal breezes blowing in from the Indian Ocean at Walker Bay, just a few kilometres to the south. The mountain peaks surrounding the valley trap the moisture from these winds, ensuring frost-free winters and cool summer days that allow for longer, slower ripening periods in the months before harvest. In short, this cool maritime climate offers the ideal conditions for crafting world-class Pinot Noir.
This lot includes:
3 x 750 ml Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2015
Tasting note: First impressions are an earthiness on the nose, followed by excellent colour and bold palate complexity. Dark red fruit with a savoury mixture of cherries, plums and cinnamon drifting into an extended palate feel! The French oak contribution will allow for an extended maturation.
93 points – Tim Atkin
91 points – Cellar Tracker