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Lismore Viognier 2012

Lismore's Samantha O'Keefe.

When US-born Samantha O’Keefe was considering acquiring property in then untried Greyton with a view to growing vines back in 2004, she took advice from Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson, who said “If you succeed, you will be considered a pioneer … [Read more...]

Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2010

Not short of grunt.

Wines which are modest on their own tend to look even plainer when paired with gourmet food but by the same token wines made with serious intent sometimes only truly reveal themselves when drunk with a correspondingly high quality meal. Yesterday … [Read more...]

Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2006

Intact.

The 2006 Tête de Cuvée or Reserve Galpin Peak Pinot Noir from Bouchard Finlayson fresh in the memory (see previous post), how would the standard label compare? Half a percentage lower in alcohol for one thing. More fruit forward, more medium bodied. … [Read more...]

Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak 2006

Not supposed to be?

The 2006 vintage of Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak from Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley is something of a curiosity. You’ll find no mention of it in Platter’s and yet it won the trophy for best in class at the 2008 Old Mutual Trophy Wine … [Read more...]

Bouchard Finlayson CIWG Pinot Noir Auction Reserve 1998

Bouchard Finlayson CIWG Pinot Noir Auction Reserve 2008

“Pinot Noir is a white wine grape that only makes red wine under special conditions,” contends Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson, pointing to its use in Champagne and the fact that only 11% of plantings in Burgundy qualify for Premier Cru or … [Read more...]

Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010

Lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Yesterday a chance to test-drive some of the top-end models from German car manufacturer Audi from the Cape Town dealership to Bouchard Finlayson near Hermanus. First the three-litre diesel A6 starting at R520 000. A front-wheel drive sedan, very … [Read more...]