Review Round-up (Jan 24) - Boutinot

What's been said about our wines...

We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t!

That said, it is always nice when someone else recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it…

Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!


Super Nanny Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2020: Smoky bonfire, fragrant, with great purity of ripe dark fruits and a touch of spice. The palate is big and bold, with a dense richness of fruit. Savoury notes and drying tannins on the finish.  90Pts  Decanter magazine (Dec ’23)


Alpha Box & Dice Blood of Jupiter Sangiovese, McLaren Vale: Good, earthy expression of Sangio, deeply savoury flavours of slow-cooked beef, layered and long. Very satisfying. 16.5 Pts Jancis


Ferghettina Brut, Franciacorta DOCG NV: The NV Brut Franciacorta is a pleasure, wafting up with an array of dried flowers, peaches and brioche hints. This fills the palate with a silken bead of fine bubbles while contrasting saline minerals against ripe orchard fruits. It finishes on a savory note as green apple and ginger traces linger. 90 Pts  Eric Guido in Vinous


Ferghettina Milledi, Franciacorta DOCG 2019; The 2019 Brut Franciacorta Milledi is smoky and mineral in style, blending stone dust with savory herb and young peach aromas. It sweeps across the palate with a massaging bead of fine bubbles as ripe orchard fruits swirl across a stream of brisk acidity. Pretty inner florals resonate as the 2019 finishes with admirable length and youthful tension, leaving suggestions of citrus-tinged nectarine to fade slowly.  Frankly stated, this over-delivers.  92 Pts Eric Guido in Vinous


Ferghettina Satèn, Franciacorta DOCG 2019: Distinctly savory in the glass, the 2019 Brut Satèn Franciacorta slowly opens with stone dust, gingery spice and suggestions of lemon sorbet. It opens with a pleasant inner sweetness balanced by brisk acidity and tart orchard fruits. This leaves a candied citrus twang while finishing long yet subtle with a hint of sour melon that slowly fades. 91 Pts Eric Guido in Vinous


Ferghettina Rosé Brut, Franciacorta DOCG 2019: The 2019  Rosé Franciacorta is understated with a pretty bouquet of white smoke, sweet spice and dried strawberries. This is a round, soothing effort with  crisp white cherry and  hints of citrus zest that maintain fabulous freshness. A bump of residual acidity adds energy through the finish, as the 2019 tapers off with medium length and a tactile mineral tinge. 91 Pts Eric Guido in Vinous


Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Old Vines, PGI Markopoulo 2022:  The classical poise of this old vine Savatiano says much about this underrated variety’s potential. Fleshy yellow apple, quince and peach, lined by oregano, thyme and hay. Refreshing acidity balances the weight of the fruit. 91 Pts “Weekday Wines” Decanter (Jan 24)


Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, WO Stellenbosch 2020: Profoundly impressive with a devastatingly gorgeous nose, the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is an instant champion of Stellenbosch Cabernet. Offering a beautifully structured nose with layers of complexity, this stunning Cabernet is wrapped in elegance and finesse. Medium to full-bodied and made using about 75% new French oak, there is no shortage of hedonistic pleasure on the palate. As the wine uncoils—I know it’s too young—I just can’t put down my glass. Give it two or three more years in the bottle, and I bet you’ll also have difficulty putting your glass down. Only 12,000 bottles of this world-class Cabernet were produced, and it will have no challenges aging for 30 years. Wow, what a stunning Cabernet! 98Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon, WO Stellenbosch 2021:An impeccable vintage for Le Riche, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon is fresh, elegant and red-fruited with a pure heart and core that exudes freshness and ripeness. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is still tight and will have no trouble filling its shoes in due time. With a balanced structure and complex mid-palate, this Cabernet will undoubtedly be better with at least two more years in the bottle. You’ll be tempted to open it now, but you will be depriving your future self of a genuinely remarkable drinking experience. Give it time; your patience will be rewarded. Only 27,000 bottles were produced. 94 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


Le Riche Richesse, WO Stellenbosch 2021: Composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cinsault, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the 2021 Richesse is pure and precise with a focused core of ripe red-berried aromas that displays freshness and finesse. Medium-bodied, the palate displays more of the vintage, with succulent, healthy ripe fruit essences before ending with a pure, lingering, lively finish. As I sit here tasting this wine, the more it grows on me, and I notice the red fruit expressions from the Cinsault brightening the Cabernet with a delightful floral essence and hints of orange rind and potpourri. It’s a delightfully lingering red blend unique to South Africa. 94 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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