Bouchard Finlayson has released the 2016 vintage of its popular unwooded Chardonnay, Sans Barrique.
Without the added spice of French Oak, the wine relies on developing its charm from a clean, temperature-controlled fermentation, where the emphasis is placed on developing impressive outspoken, rich fruit flavours.
Grapes originate from a unique vineyard site, located amongst the tall mountains behind the village of Villiersdorp in the Elandskloof valley, Overberg.
The soils are clay-based and non-irrigated, capturing a very special terroir.
With immediate notes of clean, crisp apple and gooseberries, the Sans Barrique further reveals a creamy layer of a convincing yeast personality which enhances the richness of this vintage.
The palate is straightforward and tropical but the finish shows solid mineral qualities ending in a protracted dose of deliciousness, perfectly suited to be enjoyed with sushi, shellfish or fresh summer salads.
The Bouchard Finlayson chardonnay stable includes three other lauded full-bodied wines, namely Kaaimansgat Crocodile’s Lair, Kaaimansgat Limited Edition, as well as the award-winning Missionvale Chardonnay from the estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, showcasing a terroir which has proven to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations.
Sans Barrique Reatils for R140 per bottle from the cellar door
Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za.