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Balanced, poised and showing some buttery texture from 80% malolactic, this has elegant vanilla and pear fruit and impressive palate length.

Tim Atkin MW

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The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the property in the early 19th century. All grapes are estate grown.

Flavours of pineapple and white pear, with a hint of toasted hazelnut. A distinctively refreshing, savoury accent within its broad, yet harmonious, palate. The polished and creamy texture floats easily into a lengthy, expressive finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.8 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

9 months

SULPHUR

Total: 77

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

A more than respectable vintage, reflecting drier conditions with corresponding healthy fruit of balanced maturity. Concentration is arguably the characteristic signature of this harvest where fuller-bodied wines can be expected. Early harvesting of a relatively small crop ensured that the grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness.

Vinification details

Bunches were pressed without crushing and settled overnight, before being transferred to French oak barrels. Here temperatures were monitored during the peak of fermentation,
while the lees was left undisturbed and only partial malolactic fermentation was permitted in order to retain freshness. One third new oak was employed and maturation on primary lees took place for nine months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Platter: 4.5*
IWC: Gold

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... a mineral-driven, yellow citrus-laden, pithy palate that leads with power and intensity.

DWWA 2018

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The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the property in the early 19th century. All grapes are estate grown.

A commanding wine with solid backbone and a lengthy, lingering palate. Flavours of pear and melon enhanced by peach offer a lively and long lasting mouth feel. Best wood maturation has offered complexity and structure which will grow and embolden this wine over the next five years. Expect nutty flavoured integration as the aging process evolves.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.39

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2016 proved to be very early. The first Chardonnay grapes arrived at the cellar on the 27th January, the earliest ever! A modest crop of high quality grapes which were welcomed with great expectations. 2016 was the second year in a row with more than pleasing fruit which have, as predicted, offered an exceptional wine.

Vinification details

The first step was to pay particular attention to the pressing of these lovely grapes. This was a lengthy three hour event to ensure maximum extraction from the whole bunch pressing process. Fermentation commenced in tank and transfer to best French oak barrels was commenced once the fermentation temperature was firmly under control. 29% new oak was employed and maturation on primary lees took place for eleven months.

Awards

DWWA 2018: Gold
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 92 pts
IWC 2018: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The richest and most concentrated of the Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnays.

Tim Atkin MW

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The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the property in the early 19th century. All grapes are estate grown.

A robust, creamy Chardonnay supported by subtle peach and melon flavours following a zesty citrus watermark. The finish conveys further fig and quince like characters.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

pH

3.30

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

TIME IN OAK

14 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2015 followed a particularly mild and accommodating summer enjoyed in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Harvesting of these estate Chardonnay grapes commenced early in February which reflected the notable contrast between this vintage compared with the previous two years, where harvesting had been late. Fruit was exemplary and full of promise.

Vinification details

Pressed with whole clusters for added flavour. Fermenting commenced in the tank but soon the must was transferred to French oak barrels for completion of fermentation where the wine remained and enjoyed fourteen months of maturation on the primary lees. The wood complement has been maintained at 30% new barrels. Individual barrel assessment completed the selection process before establishing the final cuvée.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts
IWC 2017: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Leesy, rich and full flavoured [this] is stylishly oaked and well balanced.

Tim Atkin MW

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The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the property in the early 19th century. All grapes are estate grown.

The wine is complex and fruity with peach, lime and green apple flavours. In addition hints of vanilla and nutty tones can be noted from the contribution of French oak barrels. Time will allow for its development, and additional complexity with gradual softness is expected to emerge on the palate.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.5 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

TIME IN OAK

8 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2014 was uncharacteristically wet, particularly the summer months where conditions challenged the norm. However, history has shown that such cool vintages have favoured the production of Chardonnay with best offerings arising out of these difficult years. Ripening was slow and good fruit acids were realised. Harvesting took place over a three week period between 13 February and 5 March.

Vinification details

After grapes were pressed and settled, fermentation was initiated in a large tank followed by transfer to 228 litre Burgundian oak barrels (of which 30% were new). Wines were allowed to develop on their primary lees with malolactic fermentation developing naturally through the eight months of contact on the primary yeast bed.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
IWSC 2016: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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I like the chutzpah here, the willingness to give flavour and it is my favourite of Bouchard Finlayson's Chardonnays.

eRobertParker.com

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The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the property in the early 19th century. All grapes are estate grown.

This vintage is characterised by elaborate flavours of under-exposed wood tones with over-layers of pure vanilla, pear, mango and yeasty lees. A seamless wine, with much evolution and excitement on the mid palate. Added complexity and nutty flavours will enhance with a deeper and richer colour.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.37

ACIDITY

4.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

8 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

Vintage conditions

One of the most significant features of 2013 was the unusually long winter of 2012 with the added challenge of a very wet October month. While this may sound adverse, it was in fact a very ‘appropriate’ scenario because worldwide quality wine production is synonymous with marginal but cool climate conditions.

Vinification details

Secondary fermentation established softer and more complex lactic acid, which contributes to a greater complexity. These grapes were fermented in classic Burgundian style with additional time on the original fermentation lees and barrel maturation of 8 months in 22% new French oak barrels. This maturation contributes to its distinct velvet texture.

Awards

IWC 2016: Silver
IWSC 2015: Silver
eRobertParker.com: 91 pts
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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