94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
It’s hard to underachieve if you’re making your Chardonnay with grapes from an 800-metre site in the celebrated Elandskloof vineyard. This 2021 is typically focused, refreshing and well balanced, with lovely zip and minerality, stony intensity, stylish 18% new wood and layers of citrus fruit and fynbos. 2024-29
93 pts James Suckling Dec 2022
Aromas of baked lemons, flint, hazelnut and straw. Medium-bodied and rather complex with layers of citrus, apple, lees and bark notes all melding together. Structured and very well defined with good clarity and transparency. Fresh and driven. Drink or hold.
4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From famed high-lying Elandskloof vineyard. Cool lemon flavours wrapped in creamy layers are harnessed by firm acidity on slightly grainy finish. Oak, 20% new, forges classic nutty, toasted note; balanced 21 (91 pts) gives youthful pleasure, promises more with age. Wholebunch pressed, tiny portion in amphora.
In a remote valley deep in the Elandskloof Mountains, 80-kilometres inland from Bouchard Finlayson, the vineyard known as the Kaaimansgat – or ‘Crocodile’s Lair’ – is a pocket of Chardonnay with legendary status in the South African winelands. For more than 30 years, Bouchard Finlayson has meticulously harvested a section of this iconic vineyard, crafting a Chardonnay that is effortlessly expressive of the vineyard’s unique mountain terroir. 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 produce small berries of high skin to juice ratio, which adds an extra flavour component to this superior wine.