93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
Kaaimansgat helped to launch the modern Chardonnay in South Africa and remains an impressive example of the variety. Toasty, pithy and showing gunflint and struck match aromas this is zesty, well balanced and effortlessly complex with enough texture to compliment the wood. 2021-26
4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Layers of flavour on 18 (92 pts) add to beautifully balanced mouthful of citrus & white blossom, with attractive hints of cucumber & pepper. Slight increase in new oak (to 25%) adds cream & spice at excellent finish. Overberg WO.
The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elandskloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp, just 80km from Hermanus. A beautiful spot inside a blind valley nestled amongst majestic mountains. Bouchard Finlayson has been linked directly to this vineyard for close to twenty six years. 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.
Yet another low yielding vintage from this very consistent vineyard. Fruit health however proved to be excellent with the smaller bunches providing great flavour concentration. The first pick was as early as the last day in February and continued over the next two weeks.
Sleek and refined, a most enjoyable spicy lemon drop aroma complexity announces white peach, nectarine and pear flavour delight. A refreshing salinity graces a lasting finish. Aging potential is excellent.