Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South AfricaBouchard Finlayson Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

Bouchard Finlayson, Missionvale Chardonnay 2018

(3 reviews)

An invitingly rich, expertly wooded Chardonnay from one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay regions.

Invitingly rich, it has a textbook chalky minerality that slices through bright peach and fresh grapefruit flavours.

Clean and zesty acidity, giving way to an effortlessly long finish.

97pts | IWSC


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The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has proven itself to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the domain property in the early 19th Century. All grapes are harvested from this Estate to create one of the finest Chardonnays.

Invitingly rich, with textbook mineral intensity slicing through bright peach and fresh grapefruit flavours. Exhibits ginger and nutmeg spiced notes. Balanced beams of oak and fruit complexities are focussed by a refreshing lemon rind finish. Lingers effortlessly.

Vintage 2018 commenced on the 8th February. Fruit quality proved to be excel- lent and cropping levels were encouraging, this in spite of drought conditions being the talk of the day. Fortunately, our Hemel-en-Aarde region is blessed with a distinctive micro-climate which defied the predictors of poor expectations. The few rain showers received during the vintage was a positive experience and added to the calibre of the vintage.

Hand-picked bunches are pressed without crushing and settled overnight, before being transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. A third new oak was employed, including some 350L barrels to complement the traditional 228L barrels. 10% of the bottling was fermented in Terra Cotta Amphora, which afford- ed the winemaking team an opportunity to fine-tune the volume of tension. Apart from 9 months in oak, elevage was completed by a 2 month resting period in tank, prior to bottling in January 2019.

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Scallops with French celeriac & granny smith apple puree.
Barbeque-seared Salmon, liberally basted with garlic butter.
Freshly shucked oysters.

3 reviews for Bouchard Finlayson, Missionvale Chardonnay 2018

  1. IWSC | 97pts – Gold

    “Very classy wine with nicely judged oak that adds vanilla spice to the tropical fruit and toffee apple flavours. Perfectly poised with crisp acidity and an elegant, long finish.”

    IWSC 2020

  2. Tim Atkin | 93pts

    “Rich and weighty, with a significant contribution from partial malolactic fermentation, flavours of toast, cream and lemon butter and a taut, refreshing finish. 2021-26”

    Tim Atkin 2020 SA Report

  3. Platter’s | 94pts

    “Lots going on in complex & layered 2018, ripe pear & peach mingling with leesy notes of oatmeal & muesli. 9% amphora ferment makes itself felt in chalky minerality, clean zesty acidity & thrilling, lengthy finish. Rest barrel-fermented, ±30% new.”

    Platter’s 2021

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