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BOUCHARD FINLAYSON AWARDED 2 GOLD MEDALS AT THIS YEARS PRESTIGIOUS DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2013. Our revered flag ship Pinot noir, the Téte De Cuvée 2010 and our unique Italian/French red blend Hannibal 2009 took the honours.
With this latest achievement we have released the Téte De Cuvée 2010 to our cellar door visitors as well as in the trade both Internationally and Nationally. Vintage 2010 is arguably our best Pinot Noir vintage since 2005 and 2007. These were “super” years, but 2010 has achieved a stellar 93 points in the USA, Wine Spectator Magazine ( September 2012). This has been our highest ever score for our Galpin Peak blend. This Tête de Cuvee edition is a barrel selection of the best barrels from the 2010 vintage where the wine matured in 100% new wood which means more time is required for the aging and bottle maturation for this bottling. But greater new wood compliment means for eventual greater complexity. Tête de Cuvee is a limited edition bottling of only the best Pinot noir barrels for any single vintage. It is not produced every year but here is an opportunity to spoil and take advantage of the best of this quality fruit which is traditionally arriving from the same specific terroir. The essence of this particular terroir rests locked up in its soil profile. The truth and reason why it’s so good remaining a mystery. A robust, dark and full bodied wine with real complexity. Rich with a delicious core of blueberry, wild cherry and fresh fruit flavours. Finishes strongly with loads of aging potential. Unfortunately the Hannibal 2009 is sold out in our cellar door, however is still available through some outlets in the International and National trade. Alternatively visit our cellar door for a tasting of our Hannibal 2011 vintage. The essence and soul of this Italian, French blend is captured in the pitching of six grape cultivars into one wine.The foundation is based on Italian Sangiovese which at 38% is its principle component for 2009 vintage. All these cultivars are grown on the home territory Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terrior which is composed of heavy clay soils. In dry years such as 2009 these soils offer red wines of bold composition and abundant complexity. This vintage is comprised of Sangiovese 38%, Pinot noir 18%, Nebbiolo 16%, Shiraz 15%, Mouvedré 10% and Barbera 3%.

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