Peter Finlayson

Always in search of a greater challenge, Peter's quiet reserve masks a passionate and competitive spirit, which he believes to be as essential as prime grapes in the making of great wines.

An instinct for farming and an environment of winemaking and wine talk determined his career from an early age. With winemaking qualifications from the University of Stellenbosch and from Geisenheim in the Rheingau, Peter travelled extensively, his fascination with Pinot Noir taking him repeatedly to Burgundy.

Peter has been closely involved with the production of Pinot Noir wines in the Walker Bay region for almost twenty-five years. For ten years, he joined forces with the historical Burgundian family of Paul Bouchard, planting his first Pinot Noir grapes in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in 1990. His experience and understanding of this capricious grape puts him at the forefront of Cape wine producers in this field.

Peter is one of the eight founder members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. He is also responsible for bringing the Italian cultivars Sangiovese and Nebbiolo into SA in 1989. Bouchard Finlayson's Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2001 won the Classic Wine Trophy 2002.

Bouchard Finlayson has achieved the stellar position of achieving more than ten top awards for Pinot noir within ten years, including the prized accolade of being honoured with “Platter“ wine of the year for 2008! During the South African Wine index Awards (SAWi) inaugural years, Bouchard Finlayson’s success as singular overall winner of the SAWi 'Top Winery' in both 2010 and 2011 was a great achievement and most recently awarded 'Top winery of the year 2013' with Peter being crowned ‘Wine Legend of the Year’.

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PO Box 303 Hermanus 7200

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Auction Wines

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Vintage 2012 was unusual in that both quality and quantity presented above average
offerings. In fact, the Pinot noir fruit was outstanding. Our high density plantings also
contributed towards enhancing fl avour profi le and creating greater depth of tannin and
colour. Presented here is a fi rst for CWG label describing Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot noir!

Auction Year: 2017

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Chardonnay 2012

As much as we try to keep Pinot Noir our flagship, Chardonnay appears to say ‘catch me’.
Chardonnay has magic and seductive powers wooing producers and consumers on all
corners of the globe. This vintage presented superb quality fruit produced on high density
plantings, picked at optimum ripeness and pressed ‘whole bunch’ to release purity and
length of palate. Matured ‘sur lie’ for seven months in best French barrels.

Auction Year: 2015

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Vintage 2012 was unusual in that both quality and quantity presented above average
offerings. In fact, the Pinot Noir fruit was outstanding. Our high density plantings also
contributed towards enhancing flavour profile and creating greater depth of tannin and
colour.

Auction Year: 2015

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Vintage 2012 was unusual in that both quality and quantity presented above average offerings. In fact, the Pinot Noir fruit was outstanding. Our high density plantings also contributed towards enhancing flavour profile and creating greater depth of tannin and colour. This is the first Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir presented under the CWG label. Tasting Notes: The core of plush vibrant fruit and tannins encompass spicy, well centred, dark forest-berry flavours. A 100% contribution of best new French oak further adds to complexity and offers confirmed aging potential.

Auction Year: 2014

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Estate Chardonnay 2012

As much as we try to keep Pinot Noir our flagship, Chardonnay appears to say 'catch me'. Chardonnay has magic and seductive powers wooing producers and consumers from all corners of the globe. This vintage presented superb quality fruit produced on high density plantings, picked at optimum ripeness and pressed whole bunch to release purity and length of palate. Matured sur lie for seven months in best French barrels. Tasting Notes: Aromatic layers of apricot and cantaloupe linger over creamy yeast and mild French oak wood tones, finally resonating with a long citrus and quince finish. Maturation and longevity will reward and contribute added complexity.

Auction Year: 2014

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Estate Chardonnay 2012

As much as we try to keep Pinot noir our flagship, Chardonnay appears to say 'catch me'. Chardonnay has magic and seductive powers, wooing producers and consumers on all corners of the globe. This vintage presented superb quality fruit produced on high density plantings, picked at optimum ripeness and pressed whole bunch to release purity and length of palate. Matured sur lie for seven months in best Burgundian barrels. Tasting Notes: Aromatic layers of apricot and cantaloupe linger over creamy yeast and mild French oak wood tones, finally resonating a long citrus and quince finish. Maturation and longevity will reward and contribute added complexity.

Auction Year: 2013

Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2009

In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 60% as whole berry. Cold maceration for 3-4 days with post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. The wine was bottled with minimal filtration after thorough microbiological examination. Tasting Notes: Profound, complex fruity flavours with deep wild forest red berry earthiness and full mouthed acid tannin balance. Should age for up to eight years.

Auction Year: 2012

Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2009

In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 60% as whole berry. The wine underwent cold maceration for 3-4 days with post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. The wine was bottled with minimal filtration after thorough microbiological examination. Tasting note: Profound, complex fruity flavours with deep wild forest and red berry earthiness and full mouthed acid tannin balance. Should age for up to seven years. Drink now and until 2018.

Auction Year: 2011

Bouchard Finlayson Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2007

In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 50% as whole berry. The grapes underwent cold maceration for 4-5 days and post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. The wine was then bottled as unfiltered - after thorough microbiological examination. 50 cases were sold at the 2009 CWG Auction. Tasting note: Engaging aroma of cherries, with long, velvety black fruit and mouth-filling palate.

Auction Year: 2010

Bouchard Finlayson Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2007 1.5L

In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 50% as whole berry. The grapes underwent cold maceration for 4-5 days and post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. The wine was then bottled as unfiltered - after thorough microbiological examination. 4 x 3 x 1.5L cases were sold at the 2009 CWG Auction. Tasting note: Engaging aroma of cherries, with long, velvety black fruit and mouth-filling palate.

Auction Year: 2010

Bouchard Finlayson Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2007

Winemaking Notes: In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 50% as whole berry. Cold maceration for 4-5 days with post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. After thorough microbiological examination, the wine was bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: Engaging aroma of cherries, with long, velvety concentrated black fruit and a mouth-filling palate feel.

Auction Year: 2009

Bouchard Finlayson Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2007 (1.5L)

Winemaking Notes: In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 50% as whole berry. Cold maceration for 4-5 days with post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. After thorough microbiological examination, the wine was bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: Engaging aroma of cherries, with long, velvety concentrated black fruit and a mouth-filling palate feel.

Auction Year: 2009

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir Unfiltered 2005

10% whole bunch grapes, 50% whole berries. Cold maceration for 4 - 5 days with post maceration for 10 days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. Unfiltered to the bottle after racking from three barrels - one first fill and two second fill. Sourced from block two - always the most rewarding terroir!

Auction Year: 2007

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot NoirUnf 2005

10 % whole bunch grapes, 50 % whole berries. Cold maceration for 4 - 5 days with post maceration for 10 days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. Unfiltered to the bottle after racking from three barrels - one first fill and two second fill. Sourced from block two - always the most rewarding terroir! Tasting Notes Aromas of truffles, cherries and more fruits of the forest. A hint of dry tannin, long flavour with gentle lingering balance

Auction Year: 2007

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot 2001

100% Pinot Noir - 2001 was a vintage when the weather gods had empathy with the farmers. A great summer with soft dry weather and excellent high quality fruit. The wine underwent fermentation and maceration for 21 days in closed vessels, followed by fifteen month barrel ageing in new Mercury barrels. Tasting note: The new wood compliment has given the wine great structure, with full, soft tannins to ensure many years of positive development. Aromatically scented with exciting whiffs of truffles and fruits of the forest.

Auction Year: 2003