‘Bouchard Finlayson, one of the top wineries in South Africa producing amazing wines. This is a Pinot Noir with old world finesse.’ – Davi, Wine of the week - 11.08.17
Located an hour east along the coast from Cape Town, Walker Bay is largely affected by the Atlantic Ocean making it one of the coolest growing regions in the cape. This combined with the ocean mists and the shelter of the surrounding Hemel – En – Aarde valley make it an ideal location for growing the notoriously fickle Pinot Noir grape.
From their website –
VINIFICATION We adopted the Burgundian model of high density planting with our Pinot Noir vineyard. Close plantings offer greater competition between vines and consequently brighter wines with depth and colour. Fermentation is taking place in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to barrels where secondary malolactic fermentation is performed in French Oak barrels. Matured for a total of 10 months with a 30% new oak compliment.
TASTING NOTES 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, ending in a harmonious and long earthy finish.
The pinnacle of SA pinot, delicate, ethereal, perfectly ripe. Sweet black cherry fruit, raspberry and mulberry. Top dog. 14.5% Alc.