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, was that winemaker Peter Finlayson was of the opinion that it didn’t make the grade and hence wasn’t going to release it before an underling unwittingly entered it for Trophy Wine Show where it did the business.
Last night, it showed red fruit, spice, some forest floor and a slight meaty quality (low-level Brettanomyces?). It was juicy upfront with a sweet vanilla note still in evidence but a bit hot (14.5% abv) and slightly attenuated on the finish. Rich and broad, not showing too much decay, very pleasant to drink but perhaps not that distinguished to start with.