NEW VINTAGES FROM PETER FINLAYSON
It’s always a pleasure to contemplate new releases from Bouchard-Finlayson, whether white or red. In the past Peter has sometimes been a little dismissive about his Blanc de Mer whereas I have nearly always applauded it as a blend of consistent quality and enjoyment.
The 2014 vintage, recently released, is, quite simply, the best and most delicious ever sampled. Then I read the press release and see that Peter has changed from a sauvignon/semillon combo to one that is nearly 70% Riesling, melded with 24% viognier, finished with splashes of chardonnay and chenin blanc. This accounts for the fragrant nose, luscious fruitiness and subtle structure. The predictable Bouchard-Finlayson fresh elegance is also very much in evidence. A beautiful buy at R85.
I have long been a fan of unwooded chardonnay, often preferring them to their well-wooded heavy cousins. Among my favourites is Bouchard Finlayson Sans Barrique. The 2014 vintage is sourced from the Elands Kloof valley behind Villiersdorp – where Rupert and others are also growing chardonnay. This vintage is particularly flinty, with wafts of green apple reflecting the orchards in front of the vines. Elegant, frisky and patrician, it will complement scallops and lobster with distinction.