On International Pinot Noir Day (Sunday 18 August 2019), Bouchard Finlayson’s Pinot Pioneer, Peter Finlayson paid tribute to the Pinot Noir varietal with a tasting of Bouchard Finlayson’s flagship Galpin Peak vintages, held at the winery’s sister property, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town.
The world’s most ‘hedonistic but temperamental’ grape was celebrated around the globe on International Pinot Noir Day, in particular within the regions where it is cultivated; reaching from Burgundy (France), Oregon and California (USA) and New Zealand’s Central Otago, to South Africa’s Elgin and Walker Bay.
Pinot Noir remains the Bouchard Finlayson flagship wine. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir presents ideal conditions for the production of Pinot Noir with cool Atlantic Ocean moderating temperatures coupled with dense, heavy clay soils. Based on the age-old winemaking techniques from Burgundy in France, Bouchard Finlayson continues with high density planting, resulting in a greater amount of vines per hectare, growing smaller berries that produce excellent tannin structure in Bouchard Finlayson’s Pinots.
Bouchard Finlayson’s 2016 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir won a Gold Medal in the International Wine Challenge in 2018, and received the coveted trophies as South Africa’s Best Red Wine and South Africa’s Best Pinot Noir.