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Acclaimed worldwide for producing the best Pinot noir in South Africa, as well as exceptional Chardonnays and Sauvignon blanc. Elegant wines so smooth that one glass inevitably leads to another is a result of our ethos - a small production focusing on quality, using top selective varietals ideal for our terroir. Our Award winning Winemaker, Peter Finlayson, regarded as the ‘Pioneer of Pinot noir’ in South Africa is supported by a small dedicated and passionate team - committed to making the finest wines. Browse our collection of vintages by label, where you can also download tasting notes for each by year.


Tete de Cuvee

Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin:
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

The Tête de Cuvée label presents a selection of our top Pinot Noir barrels from a particular vintage. This is our winemakers’ opportunity to showcase the very best of our unique terroir and their winemaking. Pinot Noir is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness. It is often quoted as a varietal with a character of its own, expressing the terroir upon which it is grown. The Hemel- en-Aarde Valley represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places, where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.


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2013  | 2012  |  2010  

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Galpin Peak

Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin:
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay

Pinot Noir is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness, but it is often quoted as a varietal with a character of its own and carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.


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2015  | 2013  |  2012  |  2011  

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Hannibal

Varietal: 
Sangiovese/Pinot Noir blend
Wine of Origin:
Walker Bay

Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties: Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later. The name Hannibal was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general.


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20152014 | 2013 | 2012  

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Kaaimansgat Limited Edition

Kaaimansgat Chardonnay

Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Wine of Origin:
Overberg

The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elands Kloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp, just 80km from Hermanus. It is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than other Cape Chardonnays and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures. The vines are not irrigated and they produce small berries of high skin to juice ratio.


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2014  | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

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Missionvale

Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Wine of Origin:
Hemel-en-Aarde, Walker Bay

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir have proven itself to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the domain property in the early 19th Century. All grapes are harvested from our Estate to create one of the finest Chardonnays.


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2015  | 2014  |   2013  |  2012  

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Kaaimansgat - Crocodile's Lair

Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Wine of Origin:
Overberg

The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elands Kloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp, just 80km from Hermanus. A beautiful spot inside a blind valley nestled amongst majestic mountains. Bouchard Finlayson has been linked directly to this vineyard for close to twenty-four years. It is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than other Cape Chardonnays and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures. The vines are not irrigated and they produce small berries of high skin to juice ratio, which adds an extra flavour component to this superior wine.


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 2015  | 2014  |  2013  

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Sans Barrique

Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Wine of Origin:
Cape South Coast

These grapes originate from a unique vineyard site, located amongst the tall mountains behind the village of Villiersdorp in the Elands Kloof valley, Overberg. The non-irrigated soils are clay-based and ensure a unique opportunity to achieving the character associated with the best Chardonnay wines. Usually this also happens through maturing in French Oak barrels. In this instance, the Sans Barrique Cuvee enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.


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2016 2015 | 2014 | 2013  


Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Sauvignon Blanc Reserve - Bouchard Finlayson

Varietal: 
Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Wine of Origin:
Walker Bay

This “Reserve” edition of the Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc can safely be considered to be a collector’s item. Our geographic location, lying within five kilometers of the cool Atlantic Ocean, offers the most ideal temperature zone of the Cape. Added to this, the heavy shale clay soil that typifies the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley lends an inviting tropical tone to the flavour profile of this vintage.


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 2016  |  2012  |  2010  |  2009  

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Sauvignon Blanc

Varietal: 
Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Wine of Origin:
Walker Bay

Sauvignon Blanc is arguably our least known wine but surprises us by being our most successful label in terms of volume sales; and is certainly South Africa’s best performing white wine. Our geographic location, lying within five kilometres of the cool Atlantic Ocean, offers the most ideal temperature zone of the Cape. Added to this, the heavy shale clay soil that typifies the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley lends an inviting tropical tone to the flavour profile of this vintage.


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2017  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

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Blanc de Mer

Blanc de Mer

Varietal: 
Riesling Blend
Wine of Origin:
Cape South Coast

Blanc de Mer offers more than it portrays and its Riesling pedigree boasts lots of strong personality. It is an unusual blend from the Cape where Riesling is virtually unknown as a blending partner. The name Blanc de Mer translates to ‘White of the Sea’. Inspired by the estate’s close proximity to our coastal town Hermanus where the Southern Right whales come to calve during the months of late winter towards the end of spring.

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2016  |  2015   |  2014  |  2013

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