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Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2011

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These grapes ripened well to produce friendly wild berry flavours with opulent, gentle tannins providing long and harmonious finish! The excitement of the Hannibal blend lies in the indulgence of pitching French and Italian grape varieties together. Arguably the worlds best varieties with Sangiovese established as the principle cultivar (51%) in this mix. My best description of Hannibal 2011 is that it is the kind of wine which one pulls the cork on while cooking only to discover the bottle is empty before sitting down to dinner. It is perfectly elegant with sufficient leather in its taste profile - a reminder of its Italian links. 


South African wine region Walker Bay

Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2011

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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 .

Specifications

Country South Africa
Grape Variety Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Nebiolo, Barbera
Winemaker Peter Finlayson, is a graduate oenologist from Stellenbosch University
Winery Bouchard Finlayson
Vintage 2011
Acidity 5.9
pH 3.52
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Wine Style Red Powerful New World
Ageing Potential -
Bottle Size 75cl
region Walker Bay
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.

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