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Bouchard Finlayson - Missionvale Chardonnay 2015


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Overberg
  • Wine Area: Walker Bay
  • Wine Maker: Peter Finlayson
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2013) JR: 16.5 (2012) WS: 90 (2013) VS: 88 (2013) JP: 4 Stars (2011) TA: 92 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has proven itself to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations, where this Missionvale label is consistently and repeatedly amongst SA’s top ten Chardonnay’s. The name Missionvale stems from the historical site of possibly the regions first building – that of the Moravian mission hospital established on this property in 1822. The 2009/2010 summer was a dry season with low rainfall which impacted favourably to present a small harvest at vintage 2010. Quality has been the trademark of these wines and this bottling is no exception. Excellent fruit analyses was achieved presenting a bold full bodied wine of notable character. Complex and delicate with layers of yeasty lime and melon flavours occasionally harmonized by the smell of squashed apple and strawberries. Excellent for aging and promises to evolve into one of our finest vintages.

Winery Information

Bouchard Finlayson

Situated in South Africa’s Walker Bay, Bouchard Finlayson finds itself in one of the coolest wine-growing areas of the Cape, where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir prevail. A broad range of aromatic varietals complement and bolster the Bouchard Finlayson portfolio, indeed Hannibal is one of South Africa’s most unique (and awarded) red blends. A 5 Star Platter rating for their 2015 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir has anchored the estate at the very forefront of South African Pinot.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)91 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2013 Missionvale Chardonnay offers tropical tones on the nose, hints of walnut and flint merging with dried pineapple and just a brush of honey. The palate is lively and fresh with crisp acidity and good weight in the mouth, slightly waxy in texture with a hint of brioche and praline towards the finish. I like the chutzpah here, the willingness to give flavor and it is my favorite of Bouchard Finlayson's Chardonnays. (2012)16.5 pts

Tasted Oct 2015 - 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. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2013)90 pts

Offers ripe pear, fig and yellow apple fruit, with racy edge. Hints of matchstick, honeysuckle and chamomile stretch out the lengthy finish.

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2013)88 pts

June 2015. By Stephen Tanzer. Very pale color. Aromas and flavors of peach, nut oils, clove and musky lees. In a sweeter, richer style than the Crocodile's Lair; nicely concentrated but with lower acidity. The brown spice element carries through in the mouth. Higher in both alcohol (13.4%) and residual sugar (2.5 g/l) than the Crocodile's Lair, and less refined and brisk.

John Platter (2011)4 stars

More New World style than other chardonnays from this cellar, 2011's buttered toast, crushed hazelnuts & citrus preserve richness gives a full-flavoured experience, intense & long.

Tim Atkin (2012)92 pts

Deeper in colour and more intense than the same winery’s Crocodile’s Lair (Kaaimansgat) Chardonnay, this is mostly made from clone 95. Honeyed, buttery and stylishly oaked, it’s quite a New World style, but the richness is supported by stony minerality and an acid flourish. Drink: 2014-18

Vinification Notes

The winemaking style enjoys traditional barrel fermentation with 30% new French oak being employed to enhance seven months of yeast maturation.