What a treat it was to be able to tase the Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2016 – Galpin Peak. It was even more rewarding that I got to taste it on two occasions in one week, at the Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase as well as for World Pinot Noir day on Saturday 18 August.
Bouchard Finlayson winemakers Chris Albrecht and Peter Finlayson have received recognition world-wide for this wine not only as South Africa’s Best Pinot Noir, but also as South Africa’s Best Red Wine (IWC – International Wine Challenge 2018).
In addition, renowned international wine critic James Suckling declared the 2016 Galpin Peak as ‘outstanding’, allocating a 94-point score in his annual showcase of the great wines of the world, on JamesSuckling.com.
Locally too, the Galpin Peak was once again ranked as the top Pinot Noir in South Africa, scoring a full 100 marks in the 2018 South African Wine Index Fine Wine Awards (SAWi). Recognised globally for its quality, excellence and consistency, the Galpin Peak has now held the No. 1 spot for 10 years in a row, this year also scoring the 12th highest points across all categories in the Fine Wine Awards.
Winemaker Chris Albrecht’s tasting notes describe the 2016 vintage as having ‘an earthiness on the nose, followed by excellent colour and bold palate complexity. Dark red fruit with a savoury mixture of cherries, plums and cinnamon drift into an extended palate feel, whilst eleven months in French oak barrels will allow for an extended maturation.’
Owned by the Tollman family, Pinot Noir remains the Bouchard Finlayson pièce de résistance, its terroir presenting ideal conditions for the production of this cultivar with cool Atlantic Ocean moderating temperatures coupled with very dense, heavy clay soils.
Based on the age-old winemaking techniques from Burgundy in France, Bouchard Finlayson continues with high density planting, resulting in a greater amount of vines per hectare, growing smaller berries that produce excellent tannin structure in Bouchard Finlayson’s old-world style Pinots: flagship Galpin Peak Pinot Noir and the iconic Tête de Cuvée.
Bouchard Finlayson founder Peter Finlayson, who capitalized on the maverick Pinot Noir varietal and brought it to its true potential, is widely recognised as South Africa’s ‘Pinot Pioneer’. He says the Galpin Peak is a great ‘food wine’ and should be best enjoyed with a delicious meal of seared salmon, duck or beef steak, or his personal favourite pairing, simply with a slice of Emmental cheese and crispy baguette.
I absolutely love this fruity yet earthy wine paired with cheese! Heres a list of other Pinot Noir’s I have enjoyed and blogged about: https://thewinegirlcapetown.co.za/category/pinot-noir/
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2016 sells at R355 per bottle at the cellar door.
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Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za
ABOUT BOUCHARD FINLAYSON
Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay’s prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, 25 hectares (62 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Bouchard Finlayson is a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion.
Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email email@example.com; or visit www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za.