R1320 for 6 bottles

R220 each
Bouchard Finlayson Crocodiles Lair / Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2020

Bouchard Finlayson Crocodiles Lair / Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2020

Lush mineral spice and stone fruit blossom at the fore. Explosive lime-infused flavours of green apple are amplified by a precise energy. Gentle touch of candied ginger and toast. Vivacious and lasting finish. Drink now through 2025.

The richness of the wine works very well with a mild tandoori salmon and coriander chutney. Leafy herb salad with a light drizzle of miso dressing. Classic avocado ritz.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Peter Finlayson
wine of origin : Elandskloof
analysis : alc : 13.59 % vol  rs : 2.6 g/l  pH : 3.43  ta : 5.6 g/l  va : 0.56 g/l  so2 : 86 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elandskloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp, just 80km from Hermanus. A beautiful spot inside a blind valley nestled amongst majestic mountains. Bouchard Finlayson has been linked directly to this vineyard for close to twenty-six years. It is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than other Cape Chardonnays and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures. The vines are not irrigated and they produce small berries of high skin to juice ratio, which adds an extra flavour component to this superior wine.

in the cellar : This remote vineyard is planted to Chardonnay clones 76 and 95 – each expressing the site in their own unique way. Once the juices are liberated from the berries, it is left to settle for 10hours in tank, without the addition of any enzymes. This juice, still containing a fair amount of solids, are transferred to barrel for fermentation. These solids impact the sensory profile and improve mouthfeel. Aiming for increased fruit focus, our traditional 228L barrels are now complemented by a number of 350L barrels. The final blend is racked to tank, following eight month’s maturation and bottled in January 2021.

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