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Bouchard Finlayson - Hannibal 2016

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Peter Finlayson
  • Grape: Sangiovese Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 46% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 16% Nebbiolo, 11% Shiraz, 5% Barbera and 4% Mourvèdre.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2014) VS: 90 (2016) WS: 90 (2013) JS: 92 (2015) TA: 92 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Bright fruit with firm acidity provide a taut wine with more than adequate tannin structure. Flavours are rich black plum with strawberry undertones followed by subtle hints of French oak barrel maturation.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)91 pts

April 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2014 Hannibal is a blend of 33% Sangiovese, 22% Pinot Noir, 18% Shiraz, 17% Nebbiolo, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Barbera (a drop more Shiraz to give it more structure after the rainy growing season). It has an attractive bouquet: red plum, cranberry and pressed flowers, the grape varieties working in harmony with each other. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, neatly integrated oak, fennel and wild mint infusing the red berry fruit with a brisk and bright finish. This might be the best Hannibal that I have tasted.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016)90 pts

The 2016 Hannibal is a blend of 45% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 15% Nebbiolo, 12% Shiraz, 7% Mourvèdre and 3% Barbera. After fermentation, the young wines were transferred to traditional French oak barrels, where secondary fermentation was completed during a 12-month élevage. The finished wine offers an almost Bandol-like bouquet, surprising given the proportion of Italian varieties; touches of lavender suffuse the mulberry and black plum fruit. I would have liked more definition here. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit laced with clove and white pepper. I appreciate the flashiness that comes through toward the second half, the judicious use of new oak allowing this unusual blend to express itself. This works well and should drink nicely over the next four to six years.

Wine Spectator (2013)90 pts

Velvety raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit is offset with a hint of graphite, picking up warm fruitcake and incense notes along the way. Toasty, but the fruit easily wins out. Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Barbera.

James Suckling (2015)92 pts

A dense and dusty red with dark berry, plum and cherry character. Hints of powdered tobacco. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a savory finish. A blend of sangiovese pinot noir, nebbiolo, shiraz, barbera and mourvèdre.

Tim Atkin (2015)92 pts

Defiantly sui generis, this is a blend of mostly Sangiovese with Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Syrah, Barbera and Mourvèdre that tastes appropriately Italian. Floral, sappy and savoury, with a pale colour that belies its tannic grip, like a cross between a Brunello and a Barolo. Always intriguing. 2018-23

Vinification Notes

Grapes were harvested in individual parcels, depending on site and variety, before being crushed and destemmed to soak and ferment for up to two weeks. Each variety enjoyed separate barrel maturation for up to 16 months prior to extraction from barrels for final blending before bottling.