Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Bouchard Finlayson Tete de Cuvee

Following sold-out events in Johannesburg and Cape Town in June, Bouchard Finlayson will once again host a series of Tutored Wine Tastings in August and September, this time with a focus on what the vineyard is most renowned for – Bouchard Finlayson’s Pinot noirs. With informal settings and small groups, the aim of the public tastings is to introduce a new audience to Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak Pinot noir and its Icon Wine, Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot noir.

Explains winemaker and ‘Pinot Pioneer’ Peter Finlayson: ‘The Tutored Tastings are all about getting to know our wines within a relaxed atmosphere. They allow me the opportunity to really talk to our guests in a lovely restaurant with delicious light fare, where they can taste and learn more about our vintages. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a wine fan who simply enjoys a good glass of wine, everyone is welcome!’

Finlayson himself will host the tastings, and looks forward to sharing his wealth of knowledge. Koi Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg is the location for the first event, which will take place on Tuesday 27 August from 18:30 – 20:00. This will be followed by Kyoto Garden Sushi in Cape Town on Wednesday 18 September, at the slightly earlier time of 18:00 – 19:30. During both evenings guests will be able to taste three flights of wine, including Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak and Tête de Cuvée vintages, as well as some of the Cape Winemakers Guild’s Pinot noirs. The wines will be perfectly matched with a range of treats from the restaurants (catering cost per person: R150).

For those wishing to visit Bouchard Finlayson at home in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Finlayson will present the same tasting at Bouchard Finlayson’s wine cellar on Saturday 10 August at 11:00 (catering cost per person: R100).

Pinot noir is in Peter Finlayson’s blood. His Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Pinot noir 2010 has just won Gold at the world’s most prominent wine competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards in London; while last year his Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Pinot noir 2009 scored Gold at the Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012 in Sydney, as the only South African winery to obtain an award for Pinot noir. Locally, the Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2012 voted his Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot noir 2011 as Best Red Wine in the newly introduced Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) category.

Bookings are essential – please contact or Tel 028 312 3515.

Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay's prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman and winemaker Peter Finlayson, 22 hectares (54 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Bouchard Finlayson is an accredited Championship member of the Biodiversity and Wine initiative (BWI).

Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h30 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email; or visit
Bouchard Finlayson 2010 Tete De Cuvee