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BOUCHARD FINLAYSON GALPIN PEAK 2016 WINS TROPHIES BEST RED & BEST PINOT NOIR - IWC, UK

Bouchard Finlayson has received global acclaim in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2018 for the 2016 vintage of its flagship Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, not only taking a GOLD medal, but also winning Trophies as BEST SA PINOT NOIR, as well as BEST SA RED. Thousands of wines from 55 countries were put to the test by a panel of experts in this prestigious competition. Now in its 34th year, the IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

In last year’s IWC competition, the 2015 Galpin Peak also won a gold medal, as well as the regional trophy. It was also announced this week that this particular vintage has been included in the coveted Wine Merchant TOP 100 list for 2018 - a competition devoted to wines in the independent trade and judged entirely by specialist independent wine retailers in the UK.


BOUCHARD FINLAYSON APPOINTS CHRIS ALBRECHT AS WINEMAKER

Chris Albrecht (38) has been appointed as the Winemaker at Bouchard Finlayson. His promotion follows after seven years working alongside Peter Finlayson as Assistant Winemaker. Widely recognised as South Africa’s ‘pinot pioneer’, Peter Finlayson continues to represent the brand on an executive level locally and internationally as founder of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley winery.

In December 2010, Albrecht started his career at Bouchard Finlayson, cutting his teeth on Pinot Noir in the envious position as Peter Finlayson’s assistant. As from the 2017 harvest, he was promoted to head production. His travels abroad in support of marketing efforts has included a study trip to Burgundy earlier this year, offering fresh inspiration and benchmark perspective.