What a luxury to sip on older Hemel-en-Aarde vintages while the rain poured down. It’s Tuesday, we’re sitting at Open Wine in Cape Town, and the drink is Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal. Vintages ranged from 2011 down to 2002 and winemaker, Chris Albrecht, explained the Hannibal’s uniqueness. Not a Bordeaux, neither a rhone. Yet, since its first production in 2001 the Hannibal has steadily grown its following. Italian grape varietals such as Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Barbera blended with Pinot Noir and Shiraz. There is no recipe for producing this wine. No measured quantities. If the final product leaves an opulent yet harmonious mouthfeel then its mission accomplished and judging by the satisfied wine enthusiasts finishing their tasting portions the blend is spot on the money with every vintage. Mission accomplished.