Bouchard Finlayson was established in South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde valley in 1989, a groundbreaking partnership between acclaimed Burgundian winemaker Paul Bouchard and trailblazing local winemaker Peter Finlayson. With a shared passion for Pinot Noir, they transformed the valley’s virgin soil into vineyard, and laid the foundations for the cellar of Bouchard Finlayson. In 2000 the Tollman family (owners of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection) purchased the estate, realising a long-held dream to own a vineyard in Africa.
The development of Bouchard Finlayson's Hannibal wine has been a singular success story. Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The decision to import these grape varieties in 1989 has led to the development of this highly successful blend, a situation which took twelve years from import to first commercial launch of the Hannibal label. 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.
This 2013 vintage is potentially one of the best productions of Hannibal. Superbly smooth with lots of leather ending in a harmonious creamy finish. The colour is bright garnet and the composition here is Sangiovese 52%, Pinot noir 17%, Nebbiolo 15%, Mourvedre 8%, Shiraz 6% and Barbera 2%. Flavours of wild berries, black cherry, and spicy plum all combine to present this happy result.