39% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 18% Shiraz, 15% Nebbiolo, 5% Mourvédre and 5% Barbera . Wow ... what a blend. It shouldn't work. But it does.... it REALLY does!
With a gamut of primarily red-fruit flavours of cherry and plum compote aromas, a saline edge and beautifully fine tannins, this pot-pourri of grapes provides a wonderfully complex and enjoyable wine. Mid-weight on the palate but with a super intensity, the finish is very long and highlighted by distinct streak of cranberry that fills the mouth with juiciness and leaves you wanting more.
Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties: Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later. The name Hannibal was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general.
Having helped Hamilton Russel pioneer the first vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley above Hermanus, and with that establishing the valley's reputation as South Africa's premier cool-climate location, Peter Finlayson established Bouchard Finlayson in 1989. Bouchard Finlayson is a top class, internationally-renowned estate situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean rendering it one of the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape. The Hemel-en-Aarde valley, home to Bouchard Finlayson, is surrounded and sheltered by a mountain barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 metres) and the Tower of Babel (1200 metres), which traps the cloud cover and moisture brought in from the sea by the prevailing wind.