Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak Pinot noir 2011 has been selected by Europe’s largest airline Lufthansa for its renowned ‘Vinothek Discoveries’ wine programme. Throughout November 2013, the award-winning wine will be served exclusively to First Class passengers on all Lufthansa intercontinental long haul flights.
Growing on the slopes of Galpin Peak, the elusive Pinot noir varietal continues to be the vineyard’s jewel and flagship wine. The Galpin Peak receives constant recognition; winemaker Peter Finlayson’s passion and experience having earned him the name of South Africa’s ‘pinot pioneer’. Recent accolades include the ‘Best Red Wine’ award for the Galpin Peak 2011 in the new ‘Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI)’ category at the Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2012. The 2010 vintage earned 93 points in Wine Spectator Magazine in September 2012, and the Galpin Peak received a perfect 100/100 points in the 2011 SAWI (South African Wine Rating Index).
Typically Pinot noir-like in flavour, the 2011 is deftly balanced with lots of red berry fruit character and pretty floral aromas. Excellent small French oak barrel maturation contribution assisted in achieving core strength, while its inherent balance and fruity personality promises the development of added flavour dimensions over a period of ageing.
Lufthansa’s wine selection is presented in a beautifully designed wine brochure, offering not only information on the wines themselves but also on the personal background story of the vineyards. The airline’s international First Class passengers will thus be able to learn more about the majestic Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Peter Finlayson, and Bouchard Finlayson’s origins and development, all while enjoying the vineyard’s trailblazing Galpin Peak Pinot noir flagship wine.
Top-quality wines that harmonise with exquisite food are an essential accompaniment to Lufthansa’s gourmet menus. But while a fine wine may seem full-bodied and well-rounded to a wine connoisseur on the ground, its characteristic features may change at cruising altitude. Low humidity on an aircraft affects one’s sense of taste and also the way in which the bouquet develops. ‘For that reason, not all wines are suitable for drinking on board. Lufthansa therefore seeks the advice of Markus Del Monego, Master of Wine and World Champion Sommelier’, explains Axel Simon, Director Southern Africa for Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines. Del Monego travels the world exclusively for Lufthansa in the quest for the finest treasures of the wine-world to recommend and be discovered by First and Business-Class passengers. ‘South Africa is known for its excellent wines, so our first class passengers are in for a treat this November!’ adds Simon.
ABOUT BOUCHARD FINLAYSON
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 email@example.com; or visit www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za