Expressive aromas of cooked apple with hints of wood, butter and dusty undertones. Full body with lots of ripe fruit that is buttressed by vibrant acidity. Fun contrast of richness, freshness and oiliness. Love the finish to this. Hints of bitterness. Barrel-fermented in 30% new wood and aged a further 10 months. Drink now.
93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2015)
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First impression is inviting green fruit, citrus and smart but subtle oak. Much better than the Galpin Peak Pinot just tasted. Dry, slightly chalky/stony on the palate, not especially long.
16.5/20 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2015)
The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the domain property in the early 19th century.
This bottling shows a youthful feel from a great vintage, expressing fine intensity and a long, mouth-watering finish. Loads of honey and peach flavours, all supported by the excellent classic cooperage that is characterized by its seamless palate, mouth fell and abundantly rich pronouncement on the palate.
Paired beautifully with seafood, flavoured fish like bouillabaisse, white meat such as pork or pheasant, vegetarian dishes and cheese.
Winemaker's notes (Aug 2015)
Clear pale gold. Strangely muted nose. Sweet, gently crafted palate with some development and lots of charm (and alcohol). Not one of the most savoury - lightly sweetish, thanks to the alcohol. It’s just a shame there isn’t more aromatic complexity. I wonder whether it’s a bottle thing?
16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2015)
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Bouchard Finlayson is located in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean, making it one of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape. These are wines which reflect true terroir with rich minerally flavours.
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