Bouchard Finlayson may well be best known for its superb Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, though their Sauvignon Blanc is one of their most successful labels in terms of volume sales. The Estate is situated up in the Hemel en Aarde Valley where cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean 5 kilometres away allow for longer hang time on the vine. Heavy shale clay soils allow for tropical fruit flavours in the final wine. During the ideal ripeness window, three passes were made through the vineyards to give a broader flavour spectrum to the wine. Once destemmed and crushed, free run juice was then cool settled and then the juice fermented using a variety of special yeasts which amplified the flavour diversity. There is a 14% Semillon component in the wine, the Semillon with its gravitas, reining in the wild pony that is Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon component will also help the wine to mature well over a couple of years of cool cellaring. Once all the cellar processes were over, the wine was prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple classical Bouchard Finlayson. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright pale citrine in colour. The aromas are of ripe fig, granadilla and grapefruit skin oil. The palate from entry has a delicious line of gentle acidity running through to the long and gently waning aftertaste. The palate is rich and generous, sappy and has an undertow of kelp which is typical of that area. With a year or two of cool cellaring this wine will reward you amply.
The Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a wine for almost any time. A gentle sipper in mid morning or at sundown. Perfect as an aperitif before a meal, perhaps leading into the first course. Which could be Nadia Graves’s Thai Vegetable Salad. Click HERE for her recipe. Nadia is a trained cook with South African connections who lives in Mediterranean France.
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