Local boutique vineyard Bouchard Finlayson receives the stamp of approval from the Wine Spectator team.
If you were looking for a great name for an internationally celebrated wine expert, surely the name James Suckling would be perfect, don’t you think? Mr. Suckling is a former European editor of Wine Spectator, the US publication, and the author of many books on wine. He and his small team of fellow experts publish an annual roundup of the great wines of the world, and for this purpose they taste no fewer than 16 000 wines (that is not a misprint!) from all over the world. This includes no less than 500 wines from South Africa. This year, four of the wines of Bouchard Finlayson scored particularly well – as they always do – notching up more than 90 points each.
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A winning wine combination
The Hannibal 2016, which Suckling calls ‘a sensational Pinot Noir/Sangiovese blend’, scored 94. He says, “The palate is succulent and delicious, punctuated by the bright acidity that seeps through layers of red fruit.”
The Galpin Peak 2016 also received 94 points – “Showing aromas of caramelized lemon peel, black plums and cherries.”
Both the Blanc De Mer 2017 and the Missionvale Chardonnay scored 92 points. The Missionvale also won a Gold Medal in the UK Decanter competition recently and was described by Suckling as having ‘a delicious full body’. The Blanc De Mer was said to be ‘medium to full bodied, with vibrant acidity, fleshy stone and tropical fruit’.
Of course we know these wines very well here and we love them but it is nice to know the rest of the world does as well. Kudos to Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht. When next in the area, turn in to the valley and see for yourself.
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A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.