Bouchard Finlayson, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2019
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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.
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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 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.
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.
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.