Bouchard Finlayson to Headline Food & Wine Event at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Superb local produce is the foil for the Bouchard Finlayson wines on offer at the paired dinner at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa on 27 September 2019.

Executive Chef Christo Pretorius and Sommelier, Gregory Mutambe team up with Bouchard Finlayson winemaker Chris Albrecht, on Friday 27 September, for a gourmet event of note. The hotel’s flagship Azure Restaurant with its glorious Atlantic Ocean views, is the backdrop for an evening that will thrill food lovers and oenophiles alike. The amuse bouche of Salmon Tacos, channel an Asian theme, with teriyaki sauce, shredded cabbage, mirin aioli and toasted sesame seeds, perfectly paired with the Bouchard Finlayson Blanc De Mer 2018, an unusual white blend with Riesling pedigree that boasts strong personality.

The Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc 2018, a crisp and creamy wine with a harmonious palate finish has been selected for the first course of Grilled Octopus with burnt beetroot puree, pickled beetroot, toasted hazelnuts, sauté kale and green onion oil.

It will be followed by Mushroom Dim Sum partnered with Missionvale Chardonnay 2017.  Styled as a food focussed wine, displaying flavours of pineapple and white pear, this delicious flagship Chardonnay that Bouchard Finlayson is well known for, has the slightest hint of toasted hazelnut.

Stellenbosch Joostenberg roasted duck breast, with duck confit croquettes, red cabbage, celeriac puree, cranberries and duck jus and the Estate’s lauded Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2015, make for perfect partners in the main course. Medium dark with black-red colour it has an explosive nose of red fruits and infused cherry, whilst the palate projects cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones. The 2015 Galpin Peak is an exceptional vintage, which not only scored a 5-star Platter rating, but also won a gold medal and a regional trophy in the 2017 International Wine Challenge in the UK.

For the final salvo of the evening, a Boerekaas Mille Feuille dessert, paired with Bouchard Finlayson’s famed Hannibal 2017, promises to bring out the best of the Crispy puff pastry, boerenkaas custard, burnt apple gel, citrus jellies, spiced apple chutney and celery salad.  Hannibal is a unique and intriguing blend of Italian varietals – Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Mourvédre and Barbera, combined to achieve a harmonious orchestra of flavours. 

The highly anticipated food and wine dinners, held four times a year at The Twelve Apostles, are always a gastronomic experience, showcasing the best South African wines and estates.  This year’s penultimate food and wine dinner promises to be a highlight and is not to be missed.  The cost of R695 per person includes food, wine and water (excl. gratuity).   

For more information and to book, contact Restaurant Reservations on 021 437 9029 or

Wine Tastings are offered showcasing Bouchard Finlayson’s latest vintages – white blend Blanc de Mer 2018; Sauvignon Blanc 2018; Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017; Sans Barrique Chardonnay 2017; Kaaimansgat/Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay 2017; Missionvale Chardonnay 2017 and Bouchard Finlayson’s famed red blend, the Hannibal 2017. Also available for tasting is South Africa’s pinot pioneer and founder of Bouchard Finlayson, Peter Finlayson’s award-winning flagship wine, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (currently the 2018 vintage).

Cost: taste three wines R30 per person; six wines R60 per person

Peter Finlayson has hand-picked a selection of special, older vintages that are on display and available for sale at the cellar door.

By prior arrangement and with advance reservation. R60 per person

Generous platters served on wooden boards made from old wine barrels, laden with a selection of charcuterie, mild Gruberg cheese, Colby cheese, ciabatta, estate olive oil, olives, olive tapenade and mixed nuts.

Cost R260, serving 2 people

Includes a fruit juice, bag of cookies, dried fruit roll, packet of savoury provita crackers and mini cheese rounds.

Cost: R70 per child

Guided Walking Trails (Choose between 45 minutes, 60 minutes and 2,5 hours)

Cost: R400 for up to 6 people, thereafter an additional R60 per person – maximum 12 people in a group (Pre-booking a week in advance)

Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay’s prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, 25 hectares (62 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Bouchard Finlayson is a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion.

ENQUIRIES & RESERVATIONS: or Tel 028 312 3515
Business Hours: Monday to Friday 09h00 – 17h00; Saturdays 10h00 – 13h00

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