Malu Lambert: Interview with Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson

Peter Finlayson is carrying a basket of wine as he enters Bistrot Bizerca in Cape Town. He’s exactly my kind of lunch companion—well stocked. Finlayson eases his large frame into a café chair. Our table is under the dappled light of the Cape’s oldest fruit-bearing vine (250 years and counting) in Heritage Square’s courtyard. An […]

April 19, 2016
by Malu Lambert
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Have we got our calibrations for Pinot Noir right?

  Just how good is SA Pinot Noir? It’s a privilege to embed myself at the Wine Judging Academy organised by Michael Fridjhon every year as some benchmark wines get poured over the three days and it’s a useful way of re-calibrating. One of the flights that attendees of this year’s Academy got to taste […]

April 7, 2016
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2012

The Pinot Noir category seems to me to be one category where the quality hierarchy seems to be particularly fluid as individual producers wrestle with how best to interpret the famously difficult variety but new releases from the well-established Hemel en Aarde Valley producer Bouchard Finlayson are always cause for excitement. Tasting notes and scores […]

August 18, 2015
by Christian
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Out and about in the Hemel-en-Aarde

The Hemel-en-Aarde near Hermanus is far from a bargain-hunter’s paradise. Top-rated wineries and equally remarkable eateries line the R320, the valley’s aorta, and the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for which these wards are known are priced at R150 and up. So why go? Unlike some other Cape winelands regions, when it comes to accommodation there […]

November 13, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2007 vs Bouchard Finlasyon Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak 2007

“In order to appreciate this Pinot Noir at its best, the winemaker recommends a maturation life of five to twenty years,” reads the back label on the Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot 2007 from Bouchard Finlayson in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Erring on the side of caution, we recently decided to crack it and its standard-label […]

October 27, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Lismore Viognier 2012

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 and if you fail, no-one will care.” Today O’Keefe farms 12ha of grapes and […]

February 19, 2014
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2010

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 the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 (no 2008 made) of Tête de Cuvée […]

October 10, 2013
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2006

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. Red cherry flavoure, tangy acidity, fine tannins. Cleaner and fresher than the Tête […]

June 15, 2013
by Christian
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