BOUCHARD FINLAYSON BLANC de MER 2019

£13.15

Hermanus. Hints of quince, apricot and almonds with a soft, creamy middle, fresh and vibrant. 65% Riesling, 18% Chardonnay, 16% Viognier and 1% Sauvignon Blanc

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Description

One for those that like to taste through their nose because boy is it perfumed. white flower, elderflower, sweet honeysuckle erupts into  quince, apricot and almonds with a soft, creamy middle, fresh and vibrant.  69% Riesling, 20% Viognier, 9% Chardonnay and 2% Sauvignon Blanc.

GRAPE Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon CLOSURE Screwcap
REGION Cape South Coast VEGETARIAN Yes
VINTAGE 2019 VEGAN No
ABV 13% ORGANIC No

 

DRY     |________*________|________|________|     SWEET

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

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

 

 

 

Additional information

Suggested Food match

As the name suggests, this is great with shellfish!

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).

Production

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 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
Harvested with a focus on vibrant freshness, the Riesling vineyards lay a linear foundation for the eventual blend. As a counter-point, Viognier from an elevated Elgin site is permitted to ripen fully – to the point where this cultivar develops its characteristic floral fragrance. Both components were fermented cool and matured separately in steel tanks, until blended in unison, with the mediating role of Chardonnay.

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