New Pinot Noir Wines in Hermanus

Bouchard Finlayson released two new Pinot Noir wines in Hermanus earlier this year. 2013 was unarguably one of the best Pinot Noir seasons ever in South Africa so the release of the 2013 Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir by the world-renowned vineyard came as no surprise. This flagship red and another new release this year, namely Bouchard’s 2015 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir are now available at cellar door prices. The latter won a gold medal and regional Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in the United Kingdom.

Winemaker Chris Albrecht says that Pinot Noir expresses very little of its own varietal character and is known as the king of ‘terroir-expressive’ grapes. The unique combination of soil and climate, the exact balance of which provides a perfect expression for this elusive cultivar, exists only in a handful of place in the world and the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley just outside Hermanus happens to be one of them.

A Formidable Team

To sculpt the 2013 Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak, Pinot Noir the emphasis was placed on attaching top Pinot Noir ferments, to the best new wood. The grapes stem from vines that were planted to a high-density model on the property and also happens the be the oldest on the holding. Albrecht and Finlayson choose individual barrels to compile a deep ruby coloured ‘fruits of the forest’ wine with a firm and bold body. This complex pinot noir wine demands further ageing to develop its core of complexity. Delightful blackberry, raspberry and quince flavours add to the nutty tones offered by the generous compliment of new wood. After eleven months of barrel maturation, the finish is tannin rich but harmonious at the same time.

Peter Finlayson cited 2015 as a vintage of ‘pure luxury’ with perfect weather conditions that resulted in excellent winemaking potential for Pinot Noir grapes. Bouchard’s Galpin Peak vintage of the same year is medium dark with a black-red colour. This wine reveals a nose of infused cherry and red fruits while cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones are projected by the palate. It is a great vintage with considerable ageing potential.

Vines on the farm.

About Bouchard Finlayson

Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar owned by the Tollman family of Red Carnation Hotels. Under the leadership of Victoria Tollman, winemaker Chris Albrecht and founder Peter Finlayson craft internationally recognised wines that are synonymous with quality and excellence. 22 hectares of the estate is 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. Pinot Noir Wines in Hermanus are available at a number of local, national and international outlets as well as online from the cellar at this link. 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 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Address: R320, Hermanus, 7200
Contact: +27 28 312 3515 /

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