Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay 2016

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A commanding wine with solid backbone and a lengthy, lingering palate! Flavours of pear and melon enhanced by peachy taste sips offer a lively and long lasting mouth feel. Best wood maturation has complimented to offer complexity and structure which will grow and embolden this wine over the next five years!  Expect nutty flavoured integration as the aging process evolves!

Soft cheese, fish pate, Bouillabaisse or flavoured fish dishes will all work splendidly with this vintage. Don’t forget Chicken or sushi!

variety : Chardonnay | 100 % Chardonnay
winemaker : Peter Finlayson
wine of origin : Overberg
analysis : alc : 13.50 % vol  rs : 1.6 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 5.6 g/l  va : 0.63 g/l  so2 : 99 mg/l  fso2 : 19 mg/l  
type : White  style : 0  body : 0  taste : 0   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has proven itself to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the domain property in the early 19th Century. All grapes are harvested from this Estate to create one of the finest Chardonnays.

in the vineyard : Vintage 2016 proved to be very early. The first Chardonnay grapes arrived at the cellar on the 27th January, the earliest ever! A modest crop of high quality grapes which were welcomed with great expectations. 2016 was the second year in a row with more than pleasing fruit which have, as predicted, offered an exceptional wine.

in the cellar : The first step was to pay particular attention to the pressing of these lovely grapes. This was a lengthy three hour event to ensure maximum extraction from the whole bunch pressing process. Fermentation commenced in tank and transfer to best French oak barrels was commenced once the fermentation temperature was firmly under control. 29% new oak was employed and maturation on primary lees took place for eleven months!

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