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Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

With fruit from two unique vineyard sites, Bouchard Finlayson's Sans Barrique cuvée enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

Bottled finesse. Delicate green apple, umami and flinty notes on perfectly balanced, bright and refreshing acidity. Effortless density coats the palate on entry and focusses its energy towards the finish. This wine shows great promise and will reward further cellaring.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Bentonite/Pea protein

SULPHUR

Total: 97mg/l

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elandskloof

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

An unprecedented early harvest starting on the 18th of February, posed serious logistical issues for the winery, as they were still heavily involved in the picking of Sauvignon Blanc and estate-grown Chardonnay. Harvest of these typically small-berried grapes, concluded in the first week of March, when historically, sampling the vineyards would begin. Normal cropping levels and even ripening of the generally excellent fruit, leaves climatic conditions or the preceding dry years to blame for this occurrence.

Vinification details

Picked and transported chilled, in the early morning, bunches are then pressed and transferred to tank for cold settling over 36 hours. Only the clarified juice is fermented in stainless steel, where a long, cool fermentation encourages the development of a full spectrum of flavours. The wine undergoes no malo-lactic fermentation, adding further to its fresh appeal, with a 6month maturation period ‘sur lie’ building a rich element into the palate.

Green credentials

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

Tasting video

With winemaker Chris Albrecht.

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I sometimes wish there were more unoaked Chardonnays in South Africa...

Tim Atkin MW

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Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

With fruit from two unique vineyard sites, Bouchard Finlayson's Sans Barrique cuvée enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

Fresh, with its hallmark lemony texture that hints at cool summer nights. Brilliant pear, quince and orange blossom focuses around a lively core of moderate intensity. The wine exhibits fine harmony, with a creamy substance expanding over the length of the palate.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.5 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

6.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk

SULPHUR

Total: 93

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Cape South Coast

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

With dry summer conditions of the past few years persisting, harvest commenced on the last day of February and continued intermittently for the following three weeks – an unusually long picking window. Fruit quality proved to be excellent and cropping levels were encouraging.

Vinification details

In line with previous vintages, the majority of this wine originates from the elevated vineyards of the Elandskloof. Bunches are pressed and transferred to tank for cold settling over 36 hours. Only the clarified juice is fermented in stainless steel, where a long, cool fermentation encourages the development of a full spectrum of flavours. The wine undergoes no malolactic fermentation, adding further to its fresh appeal, with a 6 month maturation period ‘sur lie’ building a rich element into the palate. An unwooded component of Bouchard Finlayson’s Estate Chardonnay is introduced prior to bottling, contributing a stone fruit complexity.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
Platter: 4*

Green credentials

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

Tasting video

With winemaker Chris Albrecht.

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Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

With fruit from two unique vineyard sites, Bouchard Finlayson's Sans Barrique cuvée enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

Clean and crisp, immediate hints of apple, gooseberry, guava and sweet melon tease the palate while the lees tones add complexity and boost the aging potential of this unoaked Chardonnay.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Cape South Coast

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

Summer conditions were markedly dry which led to a modest harvest. Although only a small crop was collected, the corresponding quality has proved to be encouraging.

Vinification details

Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tank, remaining on its primary lees for five months where the additional contribution of yeast autolysis increased complexity in the wine.

Green credentials

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

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Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

With fruit from two unique vineyard sites, Bouchard Finlayson's Sans Barrique cuvée enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

Immediate notes of clean, crisp apple and gooseberries in this unoaked Chardonnay, with an underlying creamy layer with hints of yeast, which enhances the richness of this vintage. The palate is straightforward and tropical with solid mineral qualities on the long finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.37

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Cape South Coast

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2016 was kind – at times the summer was hot but the late ripening character of the Elandskloof Valley grapes helped bypass the peak summer period and deliver super unblemished fruit. The crop levels were generous but not too heavy.

Vinification details

All grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with a short maturation on gross lees. No malolactic fermentation was introduced in the preparation of this wine. Without the added spice of French oak, this Chardonnay relies on developing its charm from a clean, temperature-controlled fermentation, where the emphasis is placed on developing rich fruit flavours.

Green credentials

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

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Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

With fruit from two unique vineyard sites, Bouchard Finlayson's Sans Barrique cuvée enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

Mineral rich with strong peach, lime and gooseberry flavours. The time on yeasty lees adds a creaminess and complexity with an increase in viscosity presenting appealing palate length.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Cape South Coast

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2015 has distinguished itself as a stellar event. A rain free summer presented an opportunity to capture near perfect, finely flavoured fruit of outstanding quality.

Vinification details

The grapes were pressed to dryness in order to extract maximum varietal character. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with controlled temperature; the wine was left on its primary lees to give added lees extraction for richness and complex flavours.

Green credentials

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

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