“In order to appreciate this Pinot Noir at its best, the winemaker recommends a maturation life of five to twenty years,” reads the back label on the Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot 2007 from Bouchard Finlayson in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
Erring on the side of caution, we recently decided to crack it and its standard-label cellarmate of the same vintage. Tasting notes and scores below:
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2007
Available in limited quantities from the cellar at R480 a bottle.
A meaty overlay to go with red fruit and spice. Rich and full to the point of being chunky but saved by fresh acidity. As much reminiscent of the Rhône as Burgundy – satisfying if not elegant (abv 14.5%).
Bouchard Finlasyon Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot 2007
From the best 12 barrels of the vintage and featuring 75% new oak. Dark fruit plus a definite toasty note. Good fruit concentration, bright acidity and firm tannins – purer and fresher than the standard label, the notable oak notwithstanding. Abv 14.5%.