Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Comes of Age

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Eighteen years after Bouchard Finlayson founder Peter Finlayson produced the maiden vintage of Hannibal, the 2016 vintage of this unique red blend has just been released.

Creating what has become a very successful and popular wine, Finlayson was first prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, which were later imported into South Africa for the first time in 1989.

A keen conservationist and wildlife enthusiast, Finlayson adopted the name Hannibal as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the winelands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general.

The 2016 vintage is fresh and alive with a characteristic Italian mouthfeel reflecting fruity complexity. With 45% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot noir, 15% Nebbiolo, 12% Shiraz, 7% Mourvédre and 3% Barbera, this unique collection of varieties combines to achieve a harmonious orchestra of flavours where the essence of Italian food such as aubergine and mozzarella bake, or chevre cheese and red meats immediately comes to mind. Olive and red current flavours combine with cranberry to result in a lingering finish and complex mouthfeel, whilst secondary fermentation of 12 months in traditional French oak barrels promises excellent maturation.

Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2016 sells at R309 per bottle at the cellar door.