Hermanus, Western Cape
Cradled amid the hills of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley,
Bouchard Finlayson is widely acclaimed as one of South Africa’s leading boutique wine cellars.
With a terroir defined by both ancient soils and a cool maritime climate, the vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson are famous for producing award-winning
Pinot Noir, elegant Chardonnay and terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, while inspired blends showcase the depth of skill and innovation in our winemaking team.
The Bouchard Finlayson cellar is conveniently located a scenic 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, close to the world-famous whale-watching centre of Hermanus.
The latest addition to the Bouchard Finlayson portfolio is the brainchild of winemaker Chris Albrecht who saw the potential in the cool coastal terroir to craft a sweet wine from Riesling grapes. After harvest, fruit for the Aurum is air-dried for 120 days to dehydrate the berries, concentrating the sugars and fruit character.
Bunches are then de-stemmed by hand, before pressing and a month-long cool fermentation. The wine is then aged in old oak barrels for 18 months before bottling, delivering a luscious dessert wine balancing vibrant acidity with concentrated fruit flavours. Produced in extremely limited quantities, this remarkable wine is only available from the cellar door.
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