A different unique blend of 92% Riesling and 8% Cabernet Franc, but it works nicely here under Sue-Ann Staff’s guidance. It has a vibrant, electric nose of raspberry, cherries, grapefruit, apple and brilliant citrus fruit. It’s a touch off-dry on the palate, but well balanced by the racy acidity that highlights a mélange of citrus, apple and red berries. Refreshing and thirst-quenching.
Shows a deep red colour in the glass with rich aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, cedar cigar box, lavish spice notes and savoury herbs. Highly structured on the palate with a range of dark fruits, tobacco, earth, herbs and ripe/firm tannins.
Boutinot has found a welcome niche seeking out pockets of authentic and affordable wines from South Africa, pairing them with credible winemakers, marketing them smartly, and getting them to the Canadian market — none of which is an easy feat. This duo (there is also a white wine in the range) is named for the abundant sunshine and marine-freshened air of WO Coastal Region. This is a youthful and juicy Cinsault from a majority of 65-year-old dry farmed bush vines across the Cape (with a great chunk from Paarl). Raspberry, rhubarb, brambly blackberry, dried tobacco are streaked with smoke and brightened with a crunchy acidity and a peppery finish. Tannins are tucked away, allowing the fruit to poke through to the flush of warmth on the finish. This shows best with a slight chill and when poured beside a grilled burger or ribs. Great price.
Lively sparkler delivers a very solid mousse with apple and nutty aromas before a creamy mouthfeel, with apple, citrus and stone-fruit notes before a zesty end. Well crafted Riesling and Pinot Blanc blend won a coveted Platinum medal at the 2015 Okanagan Wine Festival Awards.
A powerful Barolo from the village of Monforte d’Alba. It features a complex personality of cherry, plum, earth, spice, cocoa, chicken broth and dried rose. Full bodied with a long tannic finish, it has at least 20 years of life ahead.
Rich, intense and opulent with baked apple and peach, spice and toasted brioche. A big wine that still maintains its cool-climate freshness.