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Bouchard Finlayson - Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Overberg
  • Wine Area: Walker Bay
  • Wine Maker: Peter Finlayson
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.4%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2015) VS: 90 (2016) JR: 17 (2012) WS: 92 (2012) JS: 93 (2015) WE: 90 (2012) JP: 4 Stars (2012) TA: 93 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

A great vintage from an even year. For some unbeknown reason our best vintages for Galpin Peak Pinot noir production over the last twenty years, have always landed on uneven vintages. Year 2010 is a better of a wine, big and full flavoured. This bottling reflects lots of plum and wild berry fruit, under layered by spicy French Oak upholding a gracious and persistent tannin structure. It has a rich core and promises added dimensions over a period of ageing!

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)87 pts

The 2015 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir offers dark berry fruit intermingling with cola and subtle bandaid scents, almost as if it had a little Mourvedre in the blend (it doesn't by the way). The palate is soft and rounded on the entry, low acidity, smooth in texture with dark cherries, clove and a touch of Earl Grey, although the finish just feels a little monotone and needs more bite and tension. Easy-drinking and as such, it should aspire for more.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016)90 pts

The 2016 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir was matured for 11 months in French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation followed during the months of maturation. It conveys a sense of brightness on the nose: blackberry, raspberry preserve and a touch of sous-bois emanate from the 23% whole-bunch clusters. The palate is well balanced with an almost pastille-like entry, well-judged acidity, and easygoing in style but smooth and harmonious. This is a well-made Pinot Noir from winemaker Chris Albrecht. (2012)17 pts

Tasted Jan 2015 - Bright ruby. Healthy, clean fruit. Very sweet and pretty and precise on the palate. At ease with itself. Well balanced and with a future. Very good for Pinot here! Long. One of the best SA Pinots I have tasted so far.

Wine Spectator (2012)92 pts

Shows a broad, toasty frame, with cedar, dried anise and singed cinnamon notes around a core of steeped black cherry and blackberry coulis flavors. The smoky finish lets the fruit echo a hint of sweet earth. Drink now through 2018

James Suckling (2015)93 pts

A dense and powerful pinot noir with the BF style. Lots of ripe fruit and layered tannins. Full body. Loads of fruit yet there's a tension and focus. Vivid fruit. Drink now or hold.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)90 pts

There’s a lot going on in the expressive bouquet of this wine—ripe, brambly raspberry, cocoa powder, cinnamon, clove and licorice root. Those notes continue through to the satiny palate, where medium tannins lend ample texture and grip to the long, spicy finish. Drink now–2017. — L.B. (3/1/2015)

John Platter (2012)4 stars

Forthcoming sour cherry, dark fruit, spice & fertile earth on 2012 (), oak very evident (±30% new wood) in toasty coffee notes. Full bodied, ripe New World expression but, like 2011, with a bright core & fine balance.

Tim Atkin (2015)93 pts

Earthy, funky and a little reductive, this is a Pinot Noir for slightly old-fashioned Burgundy lovers. Tobacco spice, forest floor and sweet red berry notes are complemented by fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Needs a little more time in bottle to show its full potential. 2018-23