Bouchard Finlayson is a top class, internationally-renowned estate situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean rendering it one of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape. The Hemel-en-Aarde valley, home to Bouchard Finlayson, is surrounded and sheltered by a mountain barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 metres) and the Tower of Babel (1200 metres), which traps the cloud cover and moisture brought in from the sea by the prevailing wind.
The estate is committed to conservation and sustainable farming, and they strongly believe their BWI membership sets them apart from other winemaking regions in the world. BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector, aimed at protecting the Cape’s rich floral kingdom. To this end, only 19ha of their most precious resource – the land – is under vine in order to preserve the natural indigenous fynbos (a valuable ecosystem).
A part-time environmental consultant and respected botanist, Frank Woodvine, has been employed by the farm to manage and coordinate all conservation activities.
“Rich and ripe, but very stylish, with gorgeous mulled spice, blackberry, briar, spice bread and incense notes … this winery is now quietly rivaling Hamilton-Russell for best South African Pinot Noir.” James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (of Galpin Peak Pinot Noir)
• Multiple 5* Platter wines
2013/14 Blanc de Mer (Riesling/Viognier/Sauv Bl/Chenin/Chard) 2013 Platter: 4*; JamesSuckling.com: 90 pts
2014 Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc Platter: 4*
2013/14 Sans Barrique Chardonnay 2013 JamesSuckling.com: 90 pts
2013/14 Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay 2013 eRobertParker.com: 90 pts; Tim Atkins: 90 pts; Platter: 4½*
2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Platter: 4*
2011 Crocodile’s Lair Limited Release Chardonnay
2012 Missionvale Chardonnay Tim Atkin: 92 pts
2013 Hannibal (Sangiovese/Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo/Shiraz/Barbera/Mourvèdre) 2012 IWSC 2014: Silver Outstanding; IWC 2015: Silver; JamesSuckling.com: 90 pts
2008/09 Hannibal Magnum Other vintages available, please ask
2012 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir Top 10 SA Pinot Noir: Top Wine SA Awards 2014; Tim Atkin: 92 pts; IWSC 2014: Silver Outstanding; Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters: Silver
2009 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir Magnum Other vintages available, please ask
2009/10 Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir 2009 Top 10 SA Pinot Noir: Top Wine SA Awards 2014; Platter: 4½*; Decanter 2013: Gold; IWC 2012: Gold; JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts; Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters: Gold