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Bouchard Finlayson - Crocodile's Lair - Kaaimansgaat Chardonnay 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Overberg
  • Wine Area: Walker Bay
  • Wine Maker: Peter Finlayson
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2014) VS: 90 (2014) JR: 17 (2011) WS: 89 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

This wine exhibits great intensity of flavour without too much weight. It is impressive in its development of complex taste layers built around spiced apple and citrus with a peachy creamy ending in a long graceful finish. It will continue to develop and expand with greater complexity as it ages.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)89 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2014 Kaaimansgat Chardonnay, matured with 20% new oak and has a light, tertiary nose with sea spray traces -- although it needs more energy to come through. The palate is better with well integrated oak and plenty of freshness, and zingy orange zest with quite a tensile finish. The palate actually goes a long way to compensate for the aromatics, so perhaps afford this 12 months in bottle and hope that they awake from their slumber.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)90 pts

May/Jun 15. By Stephen Tanzer - Pale yellow-gold. Aromas of white plum, clove, menthol and minerals. Juicy pear fruit shows excellent mineral grip. Bone-dry, energetic Chardonnay with serious flavor impact. Finishes tactile and persistent, with pronounced saline minerality.-- Stephen Tanzer (2011)17 pts

Tasted May 2013 - Winemaker: Chris Albrecht, age 34. 100% Chardonnay, aka Kaaimansgat (Afrikaans for 'crocodile's lair'). Lightly smoky and toasty on the nose. Rich and toasty on the palate but with creamy fruit to fill it out in the middle. Sophisticated and GV. Immensely creamy. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2013)89 pts

Web Only 2014 - Juicy green and yellow apple flavors are laced with enticing hazelnut, green almond and ginger notes, with a light backdrop of shortbread on the finish.

Vinification Notes

The styling of this cuvee arises from the calculated blend of 50 % new French oak and 50 % of the blend enjoying no wood at all! It really does work as the vanilla and cinnamon tones of the wood compliment the tropical fruitiness of the unwooded component.