Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson 2016

Sans Barrique Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson 2016


With fruit from two unique vineyard sites, Bouchard Finlayson's Sans Barrique cuvée enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

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Vintage - 2016

Country - South Africa

Region - Cape South Coast

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Vintage 2016 was kind – at times the summer was hot but the late ripening character of the Elandskloof Valley grapes helped bypass the peak summer period and deliver super unblemished fruit. The crop levels were generous but not too heavy.

All grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with a short maturation on gross lees. No malolactic fermentation was introduced in the preparation of this wine. Without the added spice of French oak, this Chardonnay relies on developing its charm from a clean, temperature-controlled fermentation, where the emphasis is placed on developing rich fruit flavours.

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Immediate notes of clean, crisp apple and gooseberries in this unoaked Chardonnay, with an underlying creamy layer with hints of yeast, which enhances the richness of this vintage. The palate is straightforward and tropical with solid mineral qualities on the long finish.