(2023) Sourced from six vineyards in the higher altitude Eden Valley, this was fermented and matured for 10 months in older French oak puncheons and barriques. It has an absolutely classic Viognier nose, with touches of ginger to ripe apricot and peach. Aromas verge on the exotic with fig and gentle nuttiness in the background. What a delicious wine as it's quite slippery, silky palate delivers copious confit lemon and sweeter nectarine. That plushness, with downy peach skins and hints of fig and toast, give wonderful breadth, though the finish is finely chiselled. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) The Kaaimansgat, or 'Crocodile's Lair' cuvée is a stalwart of the Bouchard-Finlayson range, barrel-fermented and aged for eight months, but with only partial malolactic and no stirring of the lees, to create a more linear style. The nose is Chablis-like, focused on cool apple and lemon, a gentle background mealiness only. In the mouth its all about oranges and lemons, with lovely zip and freshness, again just a gentle biscuity, nutty hint in the background, and a fine finish on fruit and clear acidity. A lovely wine for the price.
(2015) From the Atlantic island of Madeira, a modern style of Madeira in a 50cl bottle that has a rich tawny colour and delicious aromas and flavours of walnuts and rich prune and raisins, but also a dark, Seville orange marmalade cut. Tangy, yet sweet, its delightful to sip but would match Christmas morning mince pies so well.