90 points, Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Wine Report. 4.5 Stars, Platter Guide to SA Wines, 2015. Platinum Award - South African Wine Index (SAWi), 2015. 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...
WA 92. Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2017. The 2015 Estate Reserve Chardonnay has a lovely, quite powerful bouquet with discretely integrated oak, hints of smoked walnut and orange rind developing closely behind, keeping very Burgundy-like. The palate is well balanced with plenty of roundness on the entry. This lacquers the mouth with citrus fruit laced with orange zest and a touch of almond, fanning out gently on the finish to complete what is just a delicious Chardonnay that you will finish all too quickly. NM April 2017.
Five Stars - Platter Guide - (This is a very big deal in SA) #11 - Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2016. The only SA wine on the whole list. 94 Points - Wine Spectator 93 Points - Steve Tanzer 95 Points - Tim Atkin "Leesy, spicy, yet focused, this is a beautifully balanced organic wine with mealy undertones and layer upon layer of complexity. The oak is appealingly understated.”
Accolades 5 Stars Platters Guide 2017 Decanter April 2017 - 90 points Tasting Notes Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish. Ageing Potential Up to six years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.
Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016. Tim Aitken 93 points. Tasting notes Lots of buttered toast / brioche on the nose with some citrus aspects too. Tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances are apparent, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes. These characteristics follow through onto the palate. The fine, fresh acidity is natural, and adds poise and focus to the wine.
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