Bouchard Finlayson Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay 2018

 

Platters Review: 4.5 * (92 Points)

The essence of capturing complexity drives the flavour profile of this Chardonnay. Structured with many layered flavour components arising from combinations of best French Oak, yeast, lees contact and finest fruit, which all reward the palate with a kaleidoscope of tastes. Sleek and refined, a most enjoyable spicy lemon drop aroma complexity announces white peach, nectarine and pear flavour delight. A refreshing salinity graces a lasting finish. Aging potential is excellent.

The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elands Kloof 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-four 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.

Food pairing
Sleek and refined, a most enjoyable spicy lemon drop aroma complexity announc- es white peach, nectarine and pear flavour delight. A refreshing salinity graces a lasting finish. Aging potential is excellent.

The Estate 
These grapes originate from two locations – the Bouchard Estate and a unique vineyard site, located amongst the tall mountains behind the village of Villiersdorp in the Elandskloof valley, Overberg. The soils are clay-based and non-irrigated, capturing a very special terroir. Achieving the character associated with the best Chardonnay wines, usually also happens through maturing in French Oak barrels. In this instance, the Sans Barrique Cuvee enjoys no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality.

Alcohol: 13.66% vol



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