|Bouchard-Finlayson Pinot Noir|
The tasting room of Bouchard-Finlayson is in a gorgeous thatched roof building. Workers were in the fields harvesting the grapes and I was ready to taste and have a bite to eat. The welcome we received was far better than what we had just experienced.
|Bouchard-Finlayson, Hemel en Aarde Valley|
|The beautiful thatched tasting building|
|One of the tasting areas|
|Another tasting area in the barrel room.|
Our favorite white was the Blanc De Mer 2011. Per the tasting notes this has a Riesling dominance. The balance is Viognier 22%, Chenin Blanc 10%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%, Chardonnay 5% and Semillon 4%. The nose was peachy and tropical and on the palate crisp with layers of gooseberries. I got quite a bit of pineapple, I think my cousin snorted hers from trying to pick up the pineapple notes. Please note the tasting pours that we get, this is not the 1oz pours in the States.
The Chardonnay Crocodile's Lair 2010 was drinkable. A titch too much French Oak for my cousin and I, but we both agreed that this was one of the better Chardonnay's out there. Per the tasting notes it states a 'white peach' personality which I did not find, but my nose is still a baby in picking up various notes, so I am not going to argue with the wine maker.
|Bouchard-Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2010|
I eagerly held my glass up to my schnoz and inhaled. The bouquet was lots of plum and a titch spicy. I swirled my glass and took my first sip. It was smooth, plummy, spicy and a winner. We both agreed that we had found a great Pinot Noir and promptly placed our orders.
|Our wonderful wine hostess.|
|Wine prices in South African Rands|
|What a great place to have a conference.|
|Harvesting Pinot Noir. He was so happy to pose for me.|
|He then removed his hat and was happy to pose with the grapes.|
|More happy harvesters|
|I would agree.|
We were happy we found a great South African Pinot Noir. I will be bringing a bottle home with me to share with my friends, I am sure they will mirror my findings.