In a nutshell: A classically generous and full New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
The lowdown: The fruit for this lively and delicious wines comes froma range of vineyards across the Wairau valley in Marlborough, New Zealand's home of Sauvignon Blanc. Straight after picking the fruit is immediately pressed and clarified before cool fermentation with a choice of yeasts designed to give excellent flavour and aromatics. It has nicely perfumed aromas with nettle and ripe tropical fruits which are also evident on the palate along with limey flavours and a rich minerality - a sign of classic Marlborough Sauvignon.
When to drink: Sappy, fresh and delicious it's great by itself or with white fish, seafood and more particularly, grilled asparagus, or avocado with prawns.
The story of Boutinot's route to wine making is a bit different to many others in both what they do and how they go about it. As well as growing and making their own wines in France and South Africa they work with a multitude of other producers across the world in putting together good value wines that hit the right spot in the market. And over the years their skill and expertise has built them an excellent reputation.
Things started back in 1980 when Paul Boutinot, who was in charge of sourcing wines for his father's restaurants, disappointed at the quality of wines then available in the UK went to France to look for better quality wines at better prices. This led, in 1989, to him blending his own wines in France and, in 1993, to producing specially sourced wines from South Africa. Over the years they've built on this and whilst still a major distributor of agency wines they now produce wines on their own account in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, USA, France and Spain. While there are many great producers of top quality premium wines around Boutinot's focus unfailingly falls on making value for money wines that don't compromise on quality and time has shown how good they are at it.