Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak Pinot Noir has once again been ranked as the top Pinot Noir in South Africa, scoring a full 100 marks in the 2018 South African Wine Index Fine Wine Awards (SAWi).  Recognised globally for its quality, excellence and consistency, the Galpin Peak has now held the No. 1 spot for 10 years in a row, this year also scoring the 12th highest points across all categories in the Fine Wine AwardsBouchard-Finlayson-2016-Galpin-Peak-Pinot-Noir-e1523334367304.jpg


In addition, Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal was also rated first in the class of Unique Red Wine Blends in 2018, for the intriguing blend of Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Italian cultivars (Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Mourvédre and Barbera).

Collectively these high scores have placed Bouchard Finlayson in the Top 5 Red Wine producers and in the Top 10 Wine Producers overall in South Africa for 2018.


The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley boutique winery, owned by the Tollman family and headed by Victoria Tollman, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, is also known as one of South Africa’s leading Chardonnay producers. This was once again confirmed by the 2018 SAWi Awards where the Bouchard Finlayson Overberg Crocodile’s Lair/Kaaimansgat Chardonnay received a Platinum rating (96.78), while the Bouchard Finlayson Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Missionvale Chardonnay scored a Grand Gold (94.69).

The SAWi organiser says that the system distills the collective wisdom of a multitude of authoritative wine competitions and wine reviews into a single point score which is consistent, and drowns out much of the subjective noise of various judging panels. Through SAWi’s Mathematical algorithm, patterns are recognized making it easy to distinguish wines which are consistently accepted as exceptional. Such wines have special value, especially given the rolling nature of adjudication over multiple years – the consistent performance of Bouchard Finlayson’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays being perfect examples of the index at work.

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Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay’s prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, 25 hectares (62 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Bouchard Finlayson is a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion.
Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email; or visit


Media Enquiries: Janie van der Spuy

Tel:      +27 21 462 1677

Cell:     +27 83 324 5558


On behalf of Bouchard Finlayson

Karen Davison

PR and Marketing Liaison

Tel: + 27 +28 312 3515


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