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Complex oak with well-integrated tannins and firm, velvety finish.

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

Another classic example of a typical Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak offering. Firm and resonating with anticipation, its flavour profile is slowly unfolding where a little patience will offer a generous palate of fruits of the forest flavours and development of complex cherry and dark berry tones. Polished and lingering, it will benefit from ageing.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.53

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2019 will long be remembered for the raging wild fire that swept across the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 11th January – less than three weeks before the first grapes were picked. Bouchard Finlayson were fortunate not to be majorly impacted and brought in a healthy, yet slightly lighter crop. The reduced yield was the result of milder than normal winter temperatures. Weather conditions remained cool and relatively dry throughout February and March.

Vinification details

Vinification followed a tried and tested process of offering a three day cold soak before allowing fermentation to set in, lasting seven days. Thereafter, a patient lockdown, and in-tank process of a further seven days, allowed for the cap to enjoy an extended soak. Gentle pressing ensured the first portion of wine remained separated from the press fraction. This offered the opportunity to balance the tannin complement at a later stage. While all of this vintage enjoyed ten months in French oak barrels, a thirty percent portion received new oak.

Awards

DWWA: Silver
IWC: Silver
IWSC: Gold
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

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

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With Peter Finlayson.

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

Intriguing perfumed dark cherry and wild berry, with espresso-infused cinnamon spice adding to the appeal. Deftly balanced, it portrays elegance, but the tannins form neatly on a lengthy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 86

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valle y, Walker Bay

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

With dry summer conditions of the past few years persisting, picking commenced on the first day of February and continued intermittently for the following two weeks – an unusually long picking window. Fruit quality proved to be excellent and cropping levels were encouraging. Fortunately Bouchard Finlayson’s Hemel-en-Aarde region is blessed with a distinctive micro-climate which defied the predictors of poor expectations. The few rain showers received during the vintage was a positive experience and added to the calibre of the vintage.

Vinification details

Grapes were picked by hand and cooled overnight before being destemmed. Following fermentation by certified organic yeasts, each parcel was pressed individually and transferred to French oak barrels. After eleven months’ maturation, the final blend was assembled in tank and bottled following four months of natural clarification.

Awards

IWC: Silver

Green credentials

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

Tasting video

With Peter Finlayson.

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

Deep in colour. A refined mouthfeel complements sour cherry, violets and a refreshingly savoury spice. Galpin Peak’s hallmark dense core is distinctly visible in this tightly woven vintage. Expect improved detail and layered complexity as the wine matures.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.8 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

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

Similar to the 2016 vintage, a voluminous crop set following ideal flowering conditions. During veraison, strict discipline was required to remove late developing bunches – a practice known as green harvesting, leaving a balanced and prospectively superb crop. Apart from the rejuvenating 2 inches of rain that fell a week prior to the first picking date, cool and dry conditions prevailed throughout harvest, allowing for a healthy and leisurely ripening.

Vinification details

Minor cellar alterations offered an additional layer of sorting to be implemented with the aim of preserving only the very best material. Each vineyard parcel was lightly crushed into separate vessels for fermentation, receiving varying amounts of whole cluster. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed and averaging 17 days on skins, each parcel was pressed individually and transferred to French oak. After 11 months, the final blend was assembled in tank and bottled following 5 months’ natural clarification.

Awards

IWSC 2019: Silver

Green credentials

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

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This is really lovely...

JamesSuckling.com

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

First impressions are an earthiness on the nose, followed by excellent colour and bold palate complexity. Dark red fruit with a savoury mixture of cherries, plums and cinnamon drifting into an extended palate feel.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

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

Not every vintage presents the chosen balance of grapes and 2016 turned out to be a vintage where our decision making became all important! Much of the harvest presented itself with too much crop which meant for serious selection and resulted in only the best ferments being considered for bottling.

Vinification details

An abundance of grapes this vintage allowed the opportunity to explore fresh ideas in terms of different fermentation processes, with some ferments containing greater amounts of whole bunch components. The estate’s normal practice of an initial cold soak and three weeks of maceration and fermentation followed by natural malolactic fermentation all proceeded successfully. Eleven months in French oak barrels contributed to a delicious wine.

Awards

IWC 2018: Gold and Trophies ‘Best South African Red Wine’ and ‘Best South African Pinot Noir’
JamesSuckling.com: 94 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
IWSC 2018: Silver Outstanding
Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters 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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This is a Pinot Noir for slightly old-fashioned Burgundy lovers.

Tim Atkin MW

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

Medium dark with an explosive nose of red fruits and infused cherry, the palate projects cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones. Bright with a good grip and velvety mouthfeel with considerable ageing potential.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.5 g/L

pH

3.48

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

Vintage conditions

2015 was perfectly behaved, a vintage of pure luxury and a great relief after the previous two vintages weather conditions. Almost no rain fell during the key ripening period and excellent quality fruit was harvested.

Vinification details

Grapes were destalked (bar 15% whole bunch) directly into tank where four days of cold soak was implemented prior to the onset of fermentation. After three weeks of fermentation and intended additional skin contact, the fermented grapes were loaded into the press where the free run portion of wine was separated from the press fraction for later blending consideration. Thereafter the young wine was allowed to settle in a large tank prior to transferring into imported 228L French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation followed during the months of maturation.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Walker Bay Pinot Noir’
Platter: 5*
Veritas 2017: Double Gold
DWWA 2017: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts
Wine Merchant Top 100 2018

Green credentials

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

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... svelte, with savoury components seamlessly spun into textured whole with echoing finish. A brilliant 'New World' rendition of the classic.

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir.

A confident wine with a firm and polished profile of flavours without being overstated. It is classically Old World with good aging potential. Peppery spice with blackberry and cherry notes end in a harmonious and long, earthy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.8 g/L

pH

3.58

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

10 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. This vintage represents the 21st edition of Galpin Peak Pinot Noir from Bouchard Finlayson.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels (30% new oak) for secondary malolactic fermentation and further maturation for a total of 10 months.

Awards

Platter: 5*
DWWA 2016: Silver
IWC 2016: Silver
Wine Merchant Top 100 Winner 2016
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

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

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