Cape Blend "Hannibal", Bouchard Finlayson, Walker Bay, ZA, 2012

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One of South Africa’s most awarded boutique wine estates lies in a scenic valley, just an hour and a half from Cape Town, called Hemel-en-Aarde or Heaven-and-Earth. Framed by great fold mountains and breath-taking ocean views, it is one of the coolest wine-making regions in the Cape, with duplex soil structures and sun-facing slopes. The promise of the unique terroir is harnessed by winemaker Peter Finlayson in slow-ripened, flavour-rich wines of exceptional quality. “The 2012 Hannibal is a blend of French and Italian grape varieties, hence the name. It debuted back in 2001 from clones first imported to South Africa 12 years earlier. A blend of 39% Sangiovese, 35% Pinot Noir, 10% Nebbiolo, 9% Shiraz, 4% Barbera and 3% Mourvedre, it has an intriguing bouquet that is still tightly wound, unfurling to reveal soy-tinged, dark berry fruit interlaced with black tea, fynbos and a touch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied and quite dense with supple tannins, good acidity and very pure, slightly toasted red fruit that feels sleek and satin-like in the mouth. There is a pleasant graininess coming toward the finish and its freshness and vitality suggest it will repay another couple of years in bottle. Bellisimo.”

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