In a nutshell: A bright, easy going, fruity and unoaked Rioja with plenty of character.
The lowdown: This delicious, easy drinking Rioja is produced from 100% Tempranillo, the main grape variety of this part of the world. After spending 8 to 10 days macerating on its skins to bring out all the fruit character it's fermented and aged for a short period in stainless steel - no ageing here. It all makes for a modern, unoaked, fresh and fruit filled wine with bags of character. Soft and easy to drink, at the price it's one of the best value Riojas we've come across in a long time and, we think, a real stand-out bargain.
When to drink: Juicy and versatile enough to drink by itself. It's also perfect with barbecued meats, cheese and pasta dishes.
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.