Such great focus and balance between elegance, penetrating flavours and underlying structure with loads of juicy black cherry and plum, liquorice and spice, plush texture, firm backbone, slightly chalky and a deliciously long and lingering fresh and lively finish. Hard to stop drinking and an incredibly versatile food wine.
Opens with signature Nebbiolo scent of violets, red fruit, a pinch of cinnamon and clove and a pleasant earthy aroma. Big, mouth-filling, lightly sweet red fruit, with distinctive red currant flavour, on the palate finishing with still-aggressive acidity and very dry tannic grip. Give it another 3-5 years in the cellar.
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.
Dark ruby, purplish reflections. Discreet nose of red fruits, a floral touch. Very supple on the palate, soft tannins, tame acidity, fruit forward. Easy to drink, so enjoy now.
Very pale. Light nose of citrus, sharp minerality (shells), lanolin. Vivid acidity, very light body, refreshing mouthfeel, simple flavour and a clean finish. Drink now.
This is a delicious blend of Corvina and Rondinella. Dense purple in colour with a nose of ripe black cherries and vanilla oak; medium- to full-bodied, it’s dry with blackcurrant, cherry and pencil lead flavours, finishing firmly.