Bouchard Finlayson has introduced exclusive Vintage Tastings for wine enthusiasts interested in older wines, offering a rare opportunity for collectors and wine clubs to explore the maturation potential of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley estate’s lauded wines. Vintage tastings are presented by appointment in the cellar for private groups of up to 20 people, and depending on their availability, may be led by founder Peter Finlayson or winemaker Chris Albrecht. The cost is R3000 for up to 20 people, including cheese and charcuterie bites.
Due to the exclusivity of the vintage tastings on offer, the varietal theme varies according to the older vintage wines available, as well as their taste profile accessibility. Growing on the slopes of Galpin Peak, the elusive Pinot Noir varietal has been Bouchard Finlayson’s jewel and flagship red wine for over 20 years, having earned winemaker Peter Finlayson the name of South Africa’s ‘pinot pioneer’. One of the current Vintage Tastings themes, ‘Vintage Pinot Noirs’, presents the unique opportunity to taste Bouchard Finlayson’s famed Galpin Peak Pinot noir vintages from 1994, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009. (Depending on stock availability).
Vintage Tastings may also be tailor-made to include other Bouchard Finlayson varietals, such as Chardonnay, unwooded whites, or the Hannibal red blend.
Some of the older vintages are also available for sale at the cellar door, including Bouchard Finalyson Galpin Peak 1998 and 2001 (R500 per bottle).