Bouchard Finlayson

A Boutique Vineyard

Near the Southernmost point of Africa lies a valley named Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) framed by mountains and within sight of the ocean, with frost free, soft, beneficial weather and the most perfect clay shale vineyard soils. Established in 1989, Bouchard Finlayson is a boutique winery (125-hectare property currently has 22 hectares under vine) dedicated to making wines of outstanding quality. Located in the wine region of Walker Bay, in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley ward, an hour and a half from Cape Town, behind the enchanting coastal town of Hermanus.

As one of our sister properties, this estate allows us to offer you some of the finest wine the Southern Hemisphere has to offer. Renowned wine maker Peter Finlayson brings you Burgundian-inspired Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. These sought after wines promise a style of elegance and flavour that will certainly surprise and delight.

White Wines

Blanc de Mer
This blend is both bold in colour and structure. The composition enjoys Riesling as the primary player, with Viognier secondary followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. It has a deep colour with a very full palate feel. Very rich with tastes of peaches, quinces and pear which all blend to provide a strong and lengthy finish.

Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc
The geographic location of the winery, lying within five kilometres of the cool Atlantic Ocean offers the best temperature zone that the Cape can contribute to a strong vibrant aroma, tropical fruits of pineapple, lychee and passion fruit. This is followed by a firm crisp palate signalling a determined structure with parallel fruit calling one straight back to the glass!

Sans Barrique Chardonnay
The rich characteristic of this wine stems from clay based soils at the vineyard location in the Elandskloof Valley of Villiersdorp. This unoaked version of chardonnay has an emphatic fruit purity, minerality and length from tantalizingly luscious acidity. Strong hints of peach and kiwi fruit with a few drops of lemon.

Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay
Prepared in the classic Burgundian fashion and then matured ‘sur lie’ for eight months in traditional 228 litre pieces. Packed with minerality, tight fruit flavours of pear, peaches and lychees resting on over-laying hints of oak, vanilla and autolized yeasts. Strong nutty components will evolve over time to create complexity and enhanced flavours.

Missionvale Chardonnay
The flagship white maintaining 30% new best French oak with a total of seven months maturation. This wine presents pages of different taste sensations. Creamy yeast, followed by mild wood tones surrounded by vanilla and aromatic layers of apricot and cantaloupe. Finally, resonating a long citrus and quince finish.

“Limited Edition” Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay
An innovative blend of a classic barrel-fermented portion of Chardonnay (50%) with a fruity non-malolactic unwooded portion (50%). The barrel-fermented portion is all new French oak. The style is classic, cool climate Chardonnay with voluptuous fruit tones layered on harmonious oak flavours, all balanced in a synonymous elegance.

Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc ‘Reserve’
This “Reserve” is a single bottling encouraged by a particularly fine vintage. Strikingly elegant with a flinty nose where the palate is crisp and clean with a bright lingering finish. The wine is stylised with the addition of 12% Semillon and also enjoys a very small contribution of French oak.

Red Wines

An Italian/French inspired blend of Sangiovese, Pinot noir, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Mourvedré and Barbera. Matured for 16 months in French oak (30% first fill), red cherry, flowers, a whiff of truffle on the nose with a hint of spice. Tannins are velvety and offer a slow pronounced aromatic finish.

Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
A wine inspired by both winemaker and location - offering a true reflection of the terroir. Barrel-matured for 10 months in French oak (30% first fill), rich with luscious soft tannins and dark coloured forest fruits, deftly balanced on a cord of lingering plum and raspberry delights.

Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir
It is said that Pinot noir has no individual varietal character of its own but, is rather characterized by the soil on which it grows. Essentially it is the most terroir specific varietal of all. This label gives the winemaker an opportunity to select a handful of the finest Pinot noir barrels in the cellar and blend these to acquire a wine which will portray the best of the vintage. Barrel maturation of 15 months in new French oak, pure aromas of raspberry, cherry, flowers and spice, musky suggestions of truffle and forest floor.

Recent Awards

Rated as one of the TOP 20 South African wineries by Mail and Guardian (author Tim James), 2012

Tête de Cuvée (2009)
90/100 by the Independent Ratings Guide (Neal Martin), August 2011
Gold Medal – Five Nations Wine Challenge Oct 2012

Tête de Cuvée (2010)
Awarded 4.5 stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2012

Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (2010)

Rated 93/100 by Wine Spectator Magazine in USA, Sep 2012
Awarded 4.5 stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2012
92 Points by South African sommelier Miguel Chan, April 2012
Rated as the number one wine in the Top12 line-up by 50% of the tasters, Frederic Dasse, April 2012

Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (2011)
Best red wine in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2012 - BWI (Biodiversity and Wine initiative) category

Hannibal (2010)
Awarded 5 stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2012
Rated 99/100 on the South African Wine Index (SAWI) – non-vintage specific
Grand Gold Award – 2012 South African Wine Index (SAWi)

Missionvale Chardonnay (2009)
Rated second best of 324 wines with 91/100 in the Top 10 Wines of Weinwelt Magazine, June 2012
Rated 90/100 by Wine Spectator Magazine in USA, Oct 2012

Missionvale Chardonnay (2010)
Double Gold Medal – China Wine and Spirits Awards, 2012

Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay (2009)
Rated seventh best of 324 wines with 90/100 in the Top 10 Wines of Weinwelt Magazine, June 2012

Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay (2010)
Awarded 4.5 stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2012
Grand Gold Award – 2012 South African Wine Index (SAWi)