Bouchard Finlayson 'Galpin Peak' Pinot Noir, Walker Bay
- Pinot Noir
- Subtle strawberry and cherry with silky texture and excellent ripe fruit.
- Walker Bay
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- South Africa
- South Africa
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- Bouchard Finlayson
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- Bouchard Finlayson is a top class, internationally-renowned estate situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean rendering it one of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape. The Hemel-en-Aarde valley, home to Bouchard Finlayson, is surrounded and sheltered by a mountain barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 metres) and the Tower of Babel (1200 metres), which traps the cloud cover and moisture brought in from the sea by the prevailing wind.
The estate is committed to conservation and sustainable farming, and they strongly believe their BWI membership sets them apart from other winemaking regions in the world. BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector, aimed at protecting the Cape's rich floral kingdom.
To this end, only 19ha of their most precious resource - the land - is under vine in order to preserve the natural indigenous fynbos (a valuable ecosystem).
The grapes were fermented in classic Burgundian fashion and allowed to age in small barrels in contact with the original fermentation yeast. The wine reflects a traditional mineral quality which is symptomatic of the vineyards austere location. While currently tight and fresh the evolution of this bottling will gradually offer more pronounced nutty and creamy components with enhanced maturation flavours.
Bouchard Finlayson are accredited by IPW - South Africa's voluntary environmental sustainability scheme for wine producers.
Bouchard Finlaysons flagship wine is the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, which has won many an award and accolade. Growing on the slopes of Galpin Peak, repeated vintages of this path-blazing wine continue to reflect a true celebration of Pinot-crafting, consistently endorsing the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley as a jewel in the hunt for this illusive grape. Bouchard Finlayson is renowned as one of South Africas top wineries and this can be attributed to their philosophy and focus to produce wines of the finest quality. Superb quality Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir from the best area in which to grow this grape in South Africa. Notes of subtle strawberry and cherry with silky texture and excellent ripe fruit. Top class!
- Gold and Trophy - International Wine Challenge
"Best South African Red Wine" 94 Points - James Suckling
94 Points - Tim Atkin MW
- Named in The Wine Merchant Top 100
Silver Medal - The International Wine Challenge
Trophy - DECANTER World Wine Awards
Silver Medal - Sommelier Wine Awards
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Pairs beautifully with red meats, fish, poultry, game birds, tuna and cheese.
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