Review Round-up (May 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!


Heaphy Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson 2023;  Spicy and vivid character with green fruit, currant leaves and asparagus. Medium-bodied, crispand chalky with bright acidity. Crunchy and mouthwatering. 90 Pts (May ’24)


Heaphy Riesling, Nelson 2023; Notes of green peaches, pears and lemon pith with hints of fine herbs, jasmine and crushed stones. Juicy and vivid with electrifying acidity. Medium-bodied, fresh and fruity. 92 Pts (May ’24)


Kloster Eberbach Crescentia Wiesbadener Neroberg Riesling Trocken, Rheingau 2022; From the steep volcanic slopes of the Neroberg vineyard in the heart of the Rheingau. Offering a slightly toasty, petrolly character on the nose, this had steely minerality, giving energy and lift throughout.  Andrew Catchpole – Harpers (Apr’24)


Kardos Dry Furmint, Mád 2022; From 20-year-old vines on south facing volcanic soils, controlled fermentation in stainless steel using natural Tokaji yeast, aged in stainless steel tanks for three months with weekly battonage. Zesty, vibrant and upfront, with floral and lovely ripe stone fruit notes, well-balanced, with an almost dry-honey backdrop and very fresh finish.  Andrew Catchpole – Harpers (Apr’24)


Domaine Bouchié-Chatellier Pouilly-Fumé Pierre à Fusil, AOP Pouilly-Fumé 2022: This 22ha domaine is situated on the upper slopes of the St-Andelain commune. The vines are on flinty clay – hence the name of this wine, meaning flint – on south- and west-facing slopes. Since 1930 the domaine has been replacing vines with its own stock. The winery is on three levels, allowing the wine to be moved by gravity. This wine was fermented in stainless steel and left on its fine lees until bottling. Jim Budd: Light citric and grapefruit aromas; attractive mouthfilling texture, good balancing acidity and a vibrant, long finish. Still a little tight but will open out. Natalie Earl: Bright, vibrant aromas of green apple, freshly squeezed lemon, lime rind and spring blossom. Great intensity with lingering lime and greengage. Ben Llewelyn: Punchy fermented grass, struck flint, complex aromatics. Mineral coolness, luscious fruit without being cloying. A very accomplished wine for 2022. 96 Pts Decanter (April ’24)


Lone Palm Vineyards Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley 2022: A very good grenache, if not as successful as its remarkable predecessor.  Dark cherries, cloves, camphor, woodsy hints and panettone dried fruit. Full-bodied and reasonably juicy, but reliant on its oak tannins over grapes for direction and composure. 93 Pts (April ’24)


Juan Gil Yellow Label 2022: Thanks to its preponderance of old vines and a new generation of winemakers, Jumilla is becoming one of Spain’s most talked about regions. This is an understated, sensitively wooded, organically farmed Monastrell from Familia Gil, with lots of sweet spices, red berry, bramble and raspberry fruit and plenty of supporting acidity from its high-altitude terroir at 700 metres. Great value from the Castilla La Mancha. 91pts. Tim Atkin MW (April ’24)


Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley AVA 2021; Well-balanced and interesting nose. Not too sweet. Fresh – not that intense but not simple either. Rather appetising! Though it does finish a little suddenly. 17 Pts Jancis (April ’24)


Gómez Cruzado Rioja Predilecto, DOCa Rioja 2022: Sweet-fruited and expressive, with a modern approach to winemaking. It is almost chewy, with plenty of chalky tannins. 16 Pts – Jancis (Feb ’24)


Gómez Cruzado Pancrudo Selección Terroir, DOCa Rioja 2021; Lifted and perfumed, with plenty of clean cherry and raspberry flavour – this has modern flair. Tannins are super-fine-grained. Long and very enjoyable floral finish. 17 Pts – Jancis (Feb ’24)


Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Syrah, DO Valle de Limarí 2022: Coastal Limarí produces some of the best Syrahs in Chile, wines that can show a touch of the pepperiness of the northern Rhône Valley. This good value example marries aromas of violet and thyme with a palate of raspberry, liquorice and sweetly scented oak. 92 Pts Tim Atkin – Chile Special Report 2024


Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Merlot, DO Valle de Limarí 2022: A real Merlot, made without a trace of Carmenère, this scented cool climate red has good weight and intensity for a wine from eight-year-old vines. Capsicum and rocket aromas segue into a palate of red berries and green pepper and a kiss of French oak sweetness. 92 Pts Tim Atkin – Chile Special Report 2024


Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Pinot Noir Rosé, DO Valle de Limarí 2023; Felipe Müller uses grapes from younger parcels to produce this direct-pressed Pinot Noir rosé, made in an approachable, easy-drinking style. Crunchy, tangy and fruit driven, it has raspberry and pomegranate flavours and a touch of candy floss and boiled sweets. 91 Pts Tim Atkin – Chile Special Report 2024


Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, DO Valle de Limarí 2023: Pedregoso is an unwooded Sauvignon Blanc from Tabalí’s limestone-based Talinay vineyard, close to the Pacific Ocean. Sappy, focused and saline, it’s the kind of wine that will appeal to fans of Sancerre rather than New Zealand’s Marlborough region, with lime and wet stone flavours and a zingy, bone-dry finish. 91 Pts Tim Atkin – Chile Special Report 2024


Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Malbec, DO Valle de Limarí 2021: One of a growing number of varietal Malbecs in Chile, this appealing, lightly wooded example is scented, juicy and comparatively approachable, with classic violet and lily aromas, bramble and wild strawberry fruit and graceful, well-integrated tannins. 90 Pts Tim Atkin – Chile Special Report 2024

  • A note on Time Atkins Chile Special Report – for more reviews of wines form our portfolio featured in the report, please see our dedicated blog HERE



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