Elegant and polished South African Chardonnay
Styled as a food focussed wine, displaying flavours of pineapple and white pear, with the slightest hint of toasted hazelnut. A distinctively refreshing, savoury accent within its broad, yet harmonious, palate. The polished and creamy texture floats easily into a lengthy, expressive finish. Shows breed and finesse
- 93 pts Tim Atkin
- 9 months in Oak
- Rich and Elegant
Cellaring: Drink now or through 2023
Food Pairing: Soft cheese, fish pâté, Bouillabaisse or flavoured fish will all work splendidly with this vintage, as well as chicken or sushi dishes.
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Bouchard Finlayson was established in 1989, and over more than 30 years the estate has earned a global reputation for crafting wines of character that perfectly express the unique terroir of the Western Cape winelands. Our founder, Peter Finlayson, is widely regarded as the pioneer of Pinot Noir in South Africa and today under winemaker Chris Albrecht the Tête de Cuvée and Galpin Peak continue to rank amongst the finest examples produced in the Cape.
A perfect expression of the Henel-en-Aarde terroir, the Missionvale Chardonnay is produced exclusively from grapes grown and harvested on the estate, taking advantage of the valley’s cool maritime climate to produce a Chardonnay that balances textbook minerality and citrus notes on a foundation of well-integrated oak richness. Fermented and aged in both oak barrels and terracotta amphorae, it’s a fine example of the ongoing innovation in the Bouchard Finlayson cellar.