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

Bouchard Finlayson, Missionvale Chardonnay 2019

(2 reviews)

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

Juicy and seductive, it shows flavours of pineapple, pear and patisserie. It’s spicy and textured on the palate with a refreshing seashell core.

Clean and zesty acidity give way to an effortlessly long finish.

94pts | Platter's


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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.


Elegantly rich, yet seductive, the wine compounds flavours of juicy pineapple, pear and toasted hazelnuts. Broadly expansive with clove and nutmeg neatly wrapped around a refreshing seashell core. Fine harmony – drink through 2023.

Vintage 2019 will long be remembered for the raging wild fire that swept across the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the 11 January – less than three weeks before the first grapes were picked. We were fortunate not to be severely impacted and brought in a healthy, although significantly lighter crop. Chardonnay is particularly sensitive to warmer spells during winter, which activates premature budding. Sunny conditions during July 2018 resulted in unprecedented uneven growth and ripening. Weather conditions remained cool and relatively dry throughout February and March.

Harvesting was based on individual bunch ripeness, rather than the usual vineyard average, necessitating up to three picks per vineyard. Fermentation of the clear juice commences spontaneously in oak, before inoculation midway to ensure complete dryness. 5% of the bottling was fermented in terra cotta ampho- ra, which afforded the winemaking team an opportunity to fine-tune the volume of tension. Apart from 8 months in oak, elevage was completed by a 2 month resting period in tank, prior to bottling in January 2020.

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Wine Farm

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

2 reviews for Bouchard Finlayson, Missionvale Chardonnay 2019

  1. Tim Atkin | 93pts

    “Missionvale all comes from Bouchard Finlayson’s vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and is the broader and more concentrated of its two top Chardonnays. Honeyed, spicy and textured, with fine oak and notes of pear and patisserie. 2022-27”

    Tim Atkin

  2. Platter’s | 94pts

    “2019 fresher & more complex than sibling, with savoury oatmeal notes & subtler oak influence. Notably harmonious. Creamy texture, well pierced by stony acidity.”


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