Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2015
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
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, only around 19ha is under vine in order to preserve the natural indigenous fynbos (a valuable ecosystem). The local fauna attracts insects, which in turn attacts other creatures such as birds which help the local environment, even a troop of baboons live nearby who are kept away from the grapes by two leopards.
Bright fruit with firm acidity provide a taut wine with more than adequate tannin structure. Flavours are rich black plum with strawberry undertones followed by subtle hints of French oak barrel maturation. A blend of 46% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 16% Nebbiolo, 11% Shiraz, 5% Barbera and 4% Mourvèdre. Great with grilled meats, game or lamb.
|Country Of Origin||South Africa|
|Grape||Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Barbera, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese|
|Serving Suggestion||Serve Room Temperature|
|Food Pairing||BBQ, Beef, Game, Lamb|