Bouchard Finlayson describes their estate as treasured terroir, an apt description
of the fine soils, pampered vines and ideal climate that combine to allow talented
winemaker Chris Albrecht to produce white wines that cannot be resisted. The
most refreshing of these are the unwooded chardonnay and the best-selling
sauvignon blanc, a pair that enhances al fresco gatherings and festive feasts over
high summer days
The cellar may be more famous for its full-bodied wooded chards, but those
require serious attention and matching to gourmet menus, neither of which many
are willing to give or pursue over Christmas family and New Year celebrations.
The 2017 San Barrique chardonnay is everything that a summer chard should
be – light- bodied, crisp, pure with wafts of melon and apple and sub-tropical fruit
titillating the palate all backed by a pleasing hint of minerality. Berries from the
renowned Elandskloof vines contribute to the rounded success of this
No doubt this could age well, but it’s unlikely to get the chance to do that! Perfect
both as an aperitif and partner to fishy feasts and classic and innovative chicken
salads. It sells for around R150.
The 2018 Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc needs little
introduction to winelovers who stay with this cultivar and this label whether trends
wax or wane.
And with good reason: it is consistently worthy of its fine reputation, presenting
fragrant aromas of characteristic guava and granadilla followed by similar flavours
on the palate – it is crisp, with moderate alcohol levels, a balanced structure, and
always the Bouchard Finlayson elegance that is so attractive. Whether making the
choice for brunch, lunch or moonlight meals, it will rise to the occasion, enhancing
any fishy feast and vegetarian main courses Expect to pay around R125.