Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay 2004

Santé Classic Trophy 2005 - Gold Medal White Wine
This is an intensely focussed wine of near perfect balance. It is fresh, marginally oaked for six months with an almost white peachy crispness, mixed with a complex yeasty orchestration of flavours. It ends with a tang of richness which lasts a full minute on the palate. With time it will slowly become even more interesting as its nuttiness and complexity continues to develop!

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Peter Finlayson
wine of origin : Walker Bay
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  rs : 1.5 g/l  pH : 3.42  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

Santé Classic Trophy 2005 - Gold Medal White Wine
about the harvest: While the village of Hermanus and the surrounding waters of Walker Bay are famous for the visiting Southern Right whales, I believe it is simply a matter of time before Walker Bay becomes equally famous for its superb Chardonnays!

The Missionvale Chardonnay has long been a wine of intense pride. With this 2004 vintage these sentiments are even stronger. It was a fine vintage, with good early dry conditions. Harvesting took place in mid February. Rich fruit arrived which offered a rare lean quality.

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