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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 2006

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 Show. What happened, as I understand it, […]

June 14, 2013
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010

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 well behaved. Next, the Q7 3-litre diesel starting from R679 000. Supposedly an off-roader but more […]

July 7, 2011
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007

Extraordinary synchronicity that Stellenbosch property Meerlust should celebrate 30 plus one years of its Bordeaux-style red blend Rubicon on Friday (see here) and that Hamilton Russell Vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley should do the same for precisely 30 vintages of its Pinot Noir on Saturday. Plenty has been written about what might define a wine […]

November 8, 2010
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2005

Though SAWIS reports that plantings of Pinot Noir in South Africa increased by 16% to reach 844ha from 2008 to 2009, this still amounts to only 0.8% of the national vineyard. With most of it used in the production of Méthode Cap Classique, the amount of attention that still wines made from the variety attract […]

June 28, 2010
by Christian
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