Bouchard Finlayson is best known for its award winning Pinot Noir. This grape variety is ideally suited to the clay shale terroir of the valley. For the winemaker, Peter Finlayson, Pinot Noir is a passion that he has been pursuing for over 20 years. The Chardonnay is grown in the Kaaimansgat (Crocodile's Lair) vineyard that rests high in the mountains at 700 metres above sea level. The wines reflect the terroir with excellent minerality. Set in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley ward in Walker Bay with striking sea views of Hermanus, these wines are synonymous with excellence. The maritime climate is perfect for the growing of pinot noir and Chardonnay .
|Awards||2009 Decanter World Wine Awards South African Pinot Noir over 10 TROPHY, 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition Pinot Noir Walker Bay SILVER AWARD|
|Grape Variety||Pinot Noir|
|Winemaker||Peter Finlayson, is a graduate oenologist from Stellenbosch University|
|Wine Style||Red Powerful New World|
|Region||Bouchard Finlayson is situated in the wine ward of Walker Bay, mid way between Cape point (Cape Town) and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate of Walker Bay 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 central to Walker Bay. The valley is surrounded and sheltered by a mountain barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 meters) and the Tower of Babel (1200 meters), which traps the cloud cover and moisture in from the sea by the prevailing wind. Summer conditions are consequently warm rather than hot, and winter conditions are mild and frost-free.|