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Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde, South AfricaBouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

Bouchard Finlayson, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2019

Tim Atkin 2021 Report | Save 10% until Wed 22nd

One of the Cape’s most celebrated Pinot Noirs from the exciting, cool-climate region of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Firm and resonating with anticipation, its flavour profile gradually shows a generous palate of forest fruits flavours with complex cherry and dark berry tones.

Known as the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties, this wine is an excellent expression of Hemel-en-Aarde’s coveted combination of climate and soil.

92pts | Decanter

£26.10

Only 5 left in stock

Hemel-en-Aarde

Pinot Noir

LightFull Bodied

Description

TASTING NOTES
Another classic example of a typical Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak offering. Firm and resonating with anticipation, its flavour profile is slowly unfolding where a little patience will offer a generous palate of fruits of the forest flavours and development of complex cherry and dark berry tones. Polished and lingering, it will benefit from ageing.

VINTAGE
Vintage 2019 will long be remembered for the raging wild fire that swept across the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the 11 January – less than three weeks before the first grapes were picked. We were fortunate not to be majorly impacted and brought in a healthy, yet slightly lighter crop. The reduced yield being the result of milder than normal winter temperatures. Weather conditions remained cool and relatively dry throughout February and March.

VINIFICATION
Following a tried and tested process of offering a three day cold soak before allow- ing fermentation to set in – lasting seven days. Thereafter, a patient lockdown, and in- tank process of a further seven days, allowing for the cap to enjoy an extended soak. Gentle pressing ensured the first portion of wine remained separated from the press fraction. This offers the opportunity to balance the tannin compliment at a later stage. While all of this vintage has enjoyed ten months in French Oak barrels, a thirty percent portion received a new oak compliment.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

13.8%

Grape

Pinot Noir

Vintage

2019

Wine Farm

Pinot Noir always expresses itself best with good food. Avoid any sweetness or too much spice. Enjoy with Emmental cheese, salmon, duck or beef. In fact this wine is not shy to stand up handsomely against most dishes.

3 reviews for Bouchard Finlayson, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2019

  1. International Wine Challenge | 90pts

    “Brooding black forrest compote fruit. Complex oak with well-integrated tannins and firm, velvety finish.”

    IWC

  2. Decanter | 92pts

    “Raspberry yogurt, earthy notes, hints of cedar spice, and dried herbs. Long, with plenty of Cola and brambly fruit complexity.”

    DWWA

  3. Tim Atkin | 92pts

    “Galpin Peak is the more approachable of the Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noirs in 2019 and is designed that way. Aged in 30% new wood, this is sweet, floral and polished, with succulent red berry fruit and more tannic backbone than you appreciate at first. Assured and well balanced with rose petal top notes. 2021-26”

    Tim Atkin 2021 SA Report

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