Hermanus. Mango, pear, vanilla and yeasty notes. Glorious.

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Richard considers this to be the best Chardonnay coming out of South Africa, and possibly the best in the world. Deeply rich yet brightened by some amazing acidity. Mango, pear, vanilla and yeasty notes of fresh bread. An out there call but this is a white for steak. Pair with a simple salt and peppered filet, I promise you won’t be disappointed.


GRAPE Chardonnay CLOSURE Cork


DRY     |________*________|________|________|     SWEET

LIGHT     |________|________|________*________|     FULL BODIED

NO OAK     |________|________|________*________|     OAKY


Expect to develop over the next four years. Added complexity and rich nutty flavours will enhance with a deeper enticing colour!

The name originates from the historical mission hospital established by Moravian Missionary Peter Leitner.




Additional information

Bouchard Finlayson

Bouchard Finlayson is a top class, internationally-renowned estate situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean rendering it one of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape. The Hemel-en-Aarde valley, home to Bouchard Finlayson, is surrounded and sheltered by a mountain barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 metres) and the Tower of Babel (1200 metres), which traps the cloud cover and moisture brought in from the sea by the prevailing wind.

The estate is committed to conservation and sustainable farming, and they strongly believe their BWI membership sets them apart from other winemaking regions in the world. BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector, aimed at protecting the Cape’s rich floral kingdom. To this end, only 19ha of their most precious resource – the land – is under vine in order to preserve the natural indigenous fynbos (a valuable ecosystem).


Vintage conditions
Vintage 2018 commenced on 8th February. Fruit quality proved to be excellent and cropping levels were encouraging, this in spite of drought conditions being the talk of the day. Fortunately, the Hemel-en-Aarde region’s distinctive micro-climate 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
Hand-picked bunches were pressed without crushing and settled overnight, before being transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. A third new oak was employed, including some 350L barrels to complement the traditional 228L barrels. 10% of the bottling was fermented in terracotta amphora, which afforded the winemaking team an opportunity to fine-tune the volume of tension. Apart from 9 months in oak, elevage was completed by a 2 month resting period in tank, prior to bottling in January 2019.


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