Boutinot Wines Review Round Up (Mar-Apr '20)

What's been said about our wines this month..

Review Round-Up (March-April 2020)

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!

Gorka Izagirre Txakoli 2018:

“I enjoy the wincing sensation of the sour in wine, provided it doesn’t take over completely (I’m not in the market for vinegar) and it’s balanced by other elements, such as the crisp apple, grapefruit and salty minerals in Gorka Izagirre’s otherwise bracing Basque dry white.

Gorka Izagirre’s is a refined version of one of those styles that only makes sense in context. There are some very sour examples of Txacoli which are perfectly fine when drunk with seafood in the Basque country.”

– David Williams ‘Wines of the Week’, The Guardian (15th March ’20)

Menade La Mision 2017:

“The vines are up to 140 years old, producing Verdeja grapes (which are slightly smaller than Verdejo and grow in more oval bunches). Based very close to the village of Rueda, the Sanz family use a mixture of French oak, stainless steel and amphora ageing to craft a ripe but zesty wine, with orchardy intensity and maybe even a hint of chilli on the finish.”

– The Wine Merchant magazine (1st March 2020)

The March edition of Decanter magazine recently selected Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc as one of their ‘Weekday Wines’ –

“Just 4000 bottles of this wine were made, released only in top vintages. Fruit comes from two blocks just 3km from the ocean, giving restraint and vibrancy to the textured palate of citrus peel, herbs and stony minerals. Lovely!” 92/100

 The Wine Advocate (February 2020) featured a handful of Emiliana wines. Critic, Luis Gutiérrez, highly rated the Chilean wines from the 2018 harvest –

“The natural conditions of the year provide such a perfect scenario for producing great wines that express their place of birth and grapes”.

Gutiérrez awarded 93 points to Emiliana Gê 2016, the first biodynamic wine in Latin America; followed by Salvaje Syrah 2018 and Signos de Origen Syrah 2016 with 92 points.

Bottega Vinai Trentino Pinot Grigio 2018:

“Pinot grigio tends to get something of a bad press just because it’s so popular and not too costly. And while all those less expensive pinot grigios are good enough, spend a little more and you’ll discover just how good this Italian staple can be.

This one from medium to low-yielding vines in the mountainous Trentino region is chock full of apple and grapefruit flavours with floral and herb notes and a pleasurable citrusy acidity. A hugely impressive aperitif it also goes well with antipasti or other light Italian dishes.”

– John Clarke’s ’15 best Italian wines from chianti to barolo and pinot grigio’, The Independent (26th March ’20)

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