In a hidden valley at the Southern tip of the new world lies a winery that combines the best of the old ways with a streak of innovation and creativity. Established in 1989, Bouchard Finlayson is located in the internationally acclaimed wine region of Walker Bay in the Western Cape. The 125-hectare property has only 22 hectares under vine with the rest left wild as a conservancy of pristine indigenous Fynbos flora. The winery began as collaboration between Paul Bouchard, celebrated Burgundian winemaker, and locally awarded talent, Peter Finlayson. Together, they broke the soil, planted the vines and built the cellar that would become world-renowned as Bouchard Finlayson.
A very distinctive and specific terroir compliments the tradition of maintaining 30% new best French Oak with seven months maturation. This wine presents pages of different taste sensations. First 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.
Rated second best of 324 wines with 91/100 in the top Wines of Weinwelt Magazine, June 2012
Rated 90/100 by Wine Spectator Magazine in USA, Oct 2012