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BOUCHARD FINLAYSON FLAGSHIP TRIUMPHS WITH
TOP JOHN PLATTER AWARD
South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
Valley, 14 November 2007; FOLLOWING
announcement was made at a glamorous ceremony, hosted at Stellenbosch’s
Devon Valley Hotel to unveil
John Platter Wine of
winemaker and master of Pinot noir, Peter Finlayson: ‘The success of this
2005 vintage has been very rewarding – from two perspectives. Firstly,
success endorses my qualifying statement that Pinot noir wine is like
TÊTE DE CUVÉE – A LABEL RESERVED FOR EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY
As a blend
Finlayson: ‘The 2005 vintage was an excellent summer which presented cool
conditions and allowed for ideal Pinot noir ripening. The Pinots from this
vintage have proved to offer fantastic fruit driven wines. This is
Suggested Retail Price: from R445.00 per 750ml
Established in 1989 in
The winery is
conveniently situated 1 ½ hour's drive from
BOUCHARD FINLAYSON TÊTE DE CUVÉE GALPIN PEAK PINOT NOIR HALL OF FAME
• Wine of
• 5-Stars – John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008
• Winemaker’s Choice Diamond Award 2005
• 5-Stars – John Platter South African Wine Guide 2007
• Gold Medal – International WINE Challenge 2003
• Gold Medal – Juliet Cullinan Wine Competition
• 5-Stars – John Platter South African Wine Guide 2004
• 2005 Juliet Cullinan Connoisseurs Award
• Burgandy Pinot noir Trophy Winner WINE Challenge 2000
ABOUT THE JOHN
PLATTER SOUTH AFRICAN WINE GUIDE
The John Platter South African wine guide is
Wine & Company
09:00 - 17:30 Monday to Friday
09:00 - 14:00 Saturday
Tel: +27 (0) 28 313 2047
Fax: +27 (0) 28 312 4029
Experience 16 of the best of South Africa’s Sauvignon Blancs.
Bartho Eksteen, 'Monsieur Sauvignon Blanc' from Hermanuspietersfontein...
has put together a selection of the best of the cultivar to demonstrate how different wine makers express themselves. When next visiting their tasting room, please avail yourself of the opportunity to taste and compare - see for yourself the differences between regions and wine making styles. The wines are kept under perfect conditions in their state of the art dispensing equipment.
Do pop in to the Hermanuspietersfontein tasteroom
in the Hemel and Aarde Village.
Postal address: Suite 47 at the Hemel & Aarde Village or phone them on 028 316 1875 or e-mail them at email@example.com or visit www.hpf1855.co.za.
Anthony Hamilton-Russell - man of many passions....more
Newton Johnson wines
Having recently moved into the new building that houses a brand new gravity-fed cellar, the Johnson family is very excited to do things a little different than before! Now having views that stretch as far as Hangklip on the Western side and the upper Hemel-&-Aarde Valley on the Eastern side, the property truly portrays a bit of heaven, as the name of the valley implies. This beautiful valley near Hermanus, on the Southern Cape Coast has made a name for itself in the wine industry the world over!
In the cool climate Walker Bay appellation, this splendid maritime situation is reflected in and amplifies the Newton Johnson style. Marked by elegance and restraint, the grape varieties have been specifically chosen: cool-climate-favouring Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and the Syrah Mourvèdre-blend. These are rapidly becoming recognized as some of the Capes finest.
Newton Johnson wines also bear the imprint of their creators welcoming hospitality, their love of food and an outdoor lifestyle afforded by the ocean’s proximity.
Proprietor Dave Johnson, one of a small group of Cape Bay Wine Masters, has nearly 30 years experience in the South African Wine Industry. He is joined by his equally wine and food focused wife, Felicity. An integral part of the business, she is responsible for the clean-lined contemporary design of the house and cellar.
Both sons are involved in the family concern. Gordon, the winemaker, has truly come into his own with 11 crushes behind him at wineries around the world – the Cape, Bordeaux, California and New Zealand.
Bevan is in charge of exports and marketing and has gained hands-on experience in Bordeaux.
Come harvest time, you’ll find the whole family working together in the cellar! And when all the hard work is over, catching crayfish in Hermanus is always high on the priority list. The only other thing that is daily overheard in the cellar is: “What’s the surf like?”
A family fulfilling their dream of making great wine in an exceptional valley and at the end of the day they can be in the surf within 15 minutes.
Paul du Toit, owner of the Wine Village, and his delightful wife Cathy, must be your first stop before tackling the R320 through the Hemel and Aarde Valley. The valley has exploded over the past year and wine makers in the valley change jobs faster than Paris Hilton changes underwear, which makes for a very interesting blend!
Back to the Wine Village, they offer the largest selection of wine under one roof and you have to stop off there simply to experience the best service and true Hermanus hospitality.
Whalehaven Wines, right next door to the Wine Village, have a wonderful merlot and many very pretty ladies at hand to see to your every need.
Back to your car, turn left at the stop and a few kilometers down the right on your right, you will see the magnificent Hamilton Russell Vineyards. You simply have to pop in here as you may catch a glimpse of the very hunky and dishy and virile Anthony Hamilton Russel. (Father to four daughters) and his quote on fatherhood: "Expensive!! - both in terms of time and money - but the returns measured in friendship and happiness pay back every minute and cent ten fold."
Right next door to Hamilton
Russel is Bouchard Finlayson. Peter
Finlayson is one of the first winemakers in the valley and
his passion for wine making is evident in the ongoing awards
this estates receives.
Both Hamilton Russell Vineyards and Bouchard Finlayson received awards for their Chardonnay at a luncheon paying homage to South Africa's top chef, Bill Gallagher at De Wetshof recently. The Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale 2004 and the Hamilton Russell 2005 received top honours from the nine local fundis. This follows gold medal awards received year on year by both Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell for their world-renowned Pinot Noirs!
La Vierge, a Champagne Tasting Restaurant will be opening at the end of 2006 and of course Nosy Rosy looks forward to tasting the wine, but more tempting, the champagne, from Babylon Wines!
Sumaridge offers incomparable views and a very cozy fireplace in winter . They make you pay for their tastings, but it is worth every cent! This venue can lead to marriage proprosals and what better place than Sumaridge to wed!
Newton Johnson Vineyards offers heavenly wines and food. The husband and wife team of Dave and Felicity Johnson have built a formidable two wine cellars and their marriage is as strong as ever! A true testimony to their efforts though, is their wine and Nosy Rosy became Rosy Nosy at the official opening of their cellar in March.
The majestic Newton Johnson wine cellar took eight months to complete and blends in beautifully with the surrounding area.
Complimenting the cellar is Heaven, a collaboration between Bruce from B's Steakhouse and Yolande Steenkamp , a huge sucess!
A kilometer down the road, Louis Saaiman from Hemelzicht Wines have produced consistently good wine and he his wines can be purchased at "Hermanus Vars blommemark" where he is surrounded by the bounty of nature in more ways than one.
Spookfontein is the newcomer and have produced a delightful Merlot! We were the first to told you, remember the name, Spookfontein!
A little further down the road, Kevin Grant (ex-winemaker at Hamilton Russell) of Ataraxia, has already produced his first delicious wines and he is a name to look out for!
(Well done Kevin and Hanlie)! Nosy Rosy expects a bottle or two!!
Peter Clarke and partners from Oude Hemel-en-Aarde are in the process of planting up a storm and we all look forward to this estate complimenting the future Franschoek Valley, Stellenbosch and Paarl wine routes.
Oh my goodness, then we have Tokara, just after Babylon Wines, turn left at Karwyderskraal road, and if you are heavily pregnant, please refrain from using this road, as it might induce labour!
For those not in the know, Tokara in the valley, belongs to a Mr. Ferreira, ex/current First Rand Group CEO's, third wine farm, nice to have money hey honey!
P.O. Box 303 R320, Hemel-&-Aarde Valley Hermanus 7200
Tel: +27 28 3123515 Fax: +27 28 3122317
Cell: +27 82 5588334
Tasting Room Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 17:00 Sat: 09:30 - 12:30
Bouchard Finlayson is a small winery located in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near Hermanus, dedicated to making Pinot noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines of outstanding quality. The vineyard is positioned 34° South and 19° East, in the "wine ward" of Walker Bay. The 160 Hectare property currently has 18 hectares under vine; the rest is indigenous "Fynbos" flora of the Western Cape.
Winemaker, Peter Finlayson, is a graduate oenologist from Stellenbosch University. He furthered his studies at Geisenheim in the Rheingau in 1975. A period of 3 years was spent at the fledging Boschendal winery, while he later accepted the challenge of building the winery at Hamilton Russel Vineyards. His success at this cellar became legendary, particularly with the Pinot noir grape. The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award was presented to Peter in 1989 for a 1986 Pinot noir. His prize included a substantial travel opportunity, which culminated with four days in Beaune, France, as a guest of Burgundy wine personality, Paul Bouchard.
In April 1989 Peter and Michael Clark purchased land in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. The first wines were planted in 1990 and the first bought in grapes were crushed on 14 February 1991.
Bouchard Finlayson is owned by Bouchard Finlayson (Pty) Ltd. The directors are Brett, Victoria and Michael Tollman representing the Tollman Family Trust. Peter Finlayson and Michael Clark are managing directors.
Situated 120 km South East of Cape Town, Walker Bay is one of the coolest wine growing areas in the Cape, with a Winkler classification of between 2 and 3. The nearby cold Atlantic, is the main mediating influence on the climate. The climate barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 metres) and the Tower of Babel (1200 metres) traps the cloud cover and moisture, which the prevailing South East trade wind brings from the sea to the valley. The result is warm, rather than hot summers, and mild, frost-free winter conditions.
The vineyards are planted with selected clones of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc. These grapes varieties are particularly well suited to the terroir of the farm, which happens to support native Burgundian varieties. 50% of the vineyards is dedicated to Pinot noir, most of which is established on the gentle west-facing slopes below the winery. Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are planted on the deeper soils. Lately the inclusion of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo has created the opportunity for a unique red blend.
Vineyard practices have been based on the Burgundian principle of high-density plantings with low yields from the individual wines. Most of the pruning is on a double Guyot system. The result is a greater surface area of leaf exposure per hectare and restricted root growth, which ensures greater concentration of fruit extract. "Green harvesting" is practised at veraison. Approximately 35% of the green fruit is picked and left on the ground, the remaining 65% develops greater flavour concentration. Grapes are harvested by hand, and more than one pass through the same vineyard is not uncommon.
The winery, featured on the distinctive Bouchard Finlayson label, is a breakaway from tradition. The Cape feel is maintained by the thatch roof and the wide verandah, which both serve as practical features. The former provides natural insulation, while the latter assists in keeping the afternoon sun off the building walls.
While planting of vines continues, so does the policy of purchasing grapes from other producers in the area. Grapes are bought in from non-irrigated vineyards in the Overberg districts, which are targeted for their quality. Total production is approx. 12 000 cases, of which 70% of the grapes are grown at Bouchard Finlayson.
Waiting for the harvest to begin is like waiting for new children to be born!
Tête de Cuvée 2001 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir - 5-stars John Platter 2006
Tête de Cuvée 2003 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir - Winemaker’s Choice Diamond Award 2005
Crocodile’s Lair / ‘Kaaimansgat’ Chardonnay 2003 - Gold award 2005 Wine Style Asia Awards
Crocodile’s Lair / ‘Kaaimansgat’ Chardonnay 2004 Limited Reserve - Gold medal Winner 2005 Santé Classic Wine Trophy Awards
Bouchard Finlayson wines are:
2003 Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Appealing on the nose, with whiffs of raspberry, cherry and oaky plum. Rich, long on the palate with full bodies firm harmonious sturcture, ending in layers of velvety tannins which act as a guarantee for many years of positive development.
2003 Pinot Noir Galpin Peak
The nose is aromatically scented with exciting whiffs of truffles and fruits of the forest. The wine is full with soft tannins, which ensure many years of positive development. An excellent crop and an excellent wine!
Full, ripe wild berry and meaty flavours. Long confident mouth feel with plenty of aging potential enchanced by excellent Franch oak barrel ageing (sixteen months).
2004 Missionvale Chardonnay
This is an intensely focussed wine of near perfect balance. It is fresh, marginally oaked for six months with an almost white peachy crispness, mixed with a complex yeasty orchestration of flavours. It ends with a tang of richness which lasts a full minute on the palate. With time it will slowly become even more interesting as its nuttiness and complexity continues to develop.
Crocodile’s Lair / ‘Kaaimansgat’ Chardonnay 2004 Limited Reserve - Gold medal Winner 2005 Santé
Refreshingly mineral with citrussy and strong nutty character. Packed with tight fruit, it portrays its promise to evolve more complex vanilla and spring flower flavours. As always, a natural match with poultry, casseroles and richer fish dishes.
2005 Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnay Sans Barrique
Big and bold with firm fresh sprightly backbone. A vintage where natural acidity called for no amelioration. A great summer wine which is a wonderful alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious with oysters and fresh fish.
2005 Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Clean gooseberry aromas with a touch of smoke and mineral character. Acidity in harmony with strong mouth feel; fresh and enticing. More body than in previous vintages and its palate cleansing freshness lends itself to a range of fish and seafood dishes.
2005 Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer
The name Blanc de Mer serves to remind one of its position with seafood. Served well chilled, it is ideal with oysters, salmon and fresh line fish. While the opportunity to enjoy as a fresh young wine exists, it will mature to offer good reward to those who are prepared to be patient!
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