About This Wine...
“The valley’s name translates aptly into “heaven on earth”. This multi award winning wine has a perfumed savoury and red berry aroma. Concentrated and delicious with a silky texture and smooth tannins highlighted by a refreshing cranberry acidity complementing the savouriness.” TheTaste.ie, April 2019
“one of the most impressive South African Pinots I’ve tasted. Quite lush in Burgundian terms… Complex… long and multi-layered.” Tom Doorley, the Irish Daily Mail, 28th April 2018
Pinot Noir is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness, but it is often quoted as a varietal with a character of its own and carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance
provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.
One of the most significant features of 2013 was the unusually long winter of 2012 with the added challenge of a very wet October month. While this may sound adverse, it was in fact a very ‘appropriate’ scenario because worldwide quality wine production is synonymous with marginal but cool climate conditions. This vintage represents the 21st edition of Galpin Peak Pinot Noir from this property.
Bouchard Finlayson adopted the Burgundian model of high density planting with their Pinot Noir vineyard. Close plantings offer greater competition between vines and consequently brighter wines with depth and colour. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to barrels where secondary malolactic fermentation is performed in French Oak barrels. Matured for a total of 10 months with a 30% new oak compliment.
A confident wine with a firm and polished profile of flavours without being overstated. It is classically old world with good aging potential. Peppery spice with blackberry and cherry notes, ending in a harmonious and long earthy finish.
Pairs beautifully with red meats, fish, poultry, game birds, tuna and cheese.