Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2015

Hannibal from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Bouchard Finlayson is a sort of Tuscany-Burgundy-Piedmont-Rhône mash-up which arguably shouln’t work but does. The 2015 is a blend of 46% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 16% Nebbiolo, 11% Shiraz, 5% Barbera and  4% Mourvèdre matured for 16 months in French oak, 22% new. The nose shows a herbal top note […]

November 27, 2017
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Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2001

Not enough South African wineries maintain a proper vinoteque but Hemel-en-Aarde Valley winery Bouchard Finlayson does and a collection of older vintages designated as “Peter’s Pick” (Peter Finlayson being cellarmaster) were recently released, tasting notes and ratings for some of them as follows: Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2007 Price: R300 a bottle Grapes from vineyards […]

February 6, 2017
by Christian
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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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