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Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnay Crocodile's Lair
Wine Advocate 90 points (Oct 2013)
The 2012 Crocodile’s Lair/Kaaimansgat Chardonnay sees 7 months in French oak of which 25% is new. It has an attractive floral bouquet with light musky scents and hints of lavender that develop with aeration. The palate is well-balanced with mango and pineapple on the effervescent entry, a fine line of acidity and composed tropical fruits enlivening the finish that still demonstrates fine poise. This is very well-crafted. Drink now-2018.
Wine maker notes
The Kaaimansgat vineyard is in contrast to our home location where our own grapes originate from a gentle maritime location (and climate), while the mountain terroir of this Kaaimansgat vineyard enjoys real winters and altitude softened summers. High mountains defend against long days and offer late ripening conditions through their influence on shorter local diurnal sunlight conditions. A policy of non-irrigation is further cause for smaller fine berried concentrated fruit which offer a high skin to juice ratio. These grapes were fermented in classic Burgundian fashion and allowed to age in small barrels in contact with the original fermentation yeast. The wine reflects a traditional mineral quality which is symptomatic of the vineyards austere location. While currently tight and fresh the evolution of this bottling will gradually offer more pronounced nutty and creamy components with enhanced maturation flavours.
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