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Youthful succulent South African blend with a floral perfume, enhanced on the palate by notes of forest fruits, cassis and spice. For the price, it offers formidable complexity.
Product Code: QVG-SA14611
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Boutinot is an international, UK-based wine business that works with over 150 producers worldwide. It also produces its own ranges of wines by working closely with winemakers in France, Italy and South Africa.It all began in 1980 with Paul Boutinot, who used to source wines for his father’s restaurant business. He was disappointed with the quality of the trade examples he found, and so he went to France to find higher-quality, better value wines. In 1989, he began blending his own wine at a site just outside the Beaujolais region, and things quickly expanded from there.In 1993, Boutinot began producing wine with specially sourced, passionate producers in South Africa, and in 2004 the company opened its Waterkloof winery in Stellenbosch. More recently, Boutinot began working with Adria Vini – the leading co-op in Piedmont, Italy – and the company purchased vineyards in the Rhône region in 2010.Since the beginning, the Boutinot philosophy has been simple: find producers who love what they do, who want to take risks and create new and exciting wines, and develop long-term relationships with them. It likes the terroir to do the talking, so the company works hard to create wines with minimal intervention so the regions’ true characters can shine through. The other main aim is to find value for money at all price points, and in this sense the Percheron range is a particularly good example of Boutinot’s success.Boutinot’s South African winemaker, Marinda Kruger-Van Eck, is based in Stellenbosch and is involved at all stages of the process from vineyard selection to the final blending. The Percheron range comes from carefully selected sites owned by enlightened growers in the Western Cape region who grow some of the country’s less famous grape varieties: Boutinot’s aim with Percheron is to showcase some of South Africa’s forgotten treasures.The wines are shipped in technologically advanced bulk containers to France where they are bottled at Boutinot’s own production facility. This saves money for all involved and is more ecologically friendly than shipping glass over long distance.Percheron Old Vine Cinsault is particularly popular: grown on gnarly 65 year old bush vines, there is little need for crop control because the vines are so old they naturally restrict yields by themselves. The team also doesn’t use irrigation on these vineyards, and all grapes are hand harvested to ensure only the best fruit is selected.
South Africa is undoubtedly one of the world's most dynamic wine producers. Established winemakers re-emerged onto the international scene in the early 1990s, following the demise of the apartheid era, and new wines, wineries, highly qualified winemakers, and even new regions have appeared steadily ever since. This makes South Africa more exciting than ever, but more complicated, too. Most South African wines are varietally labelled - a key factor in any buying decision. Styles vary of course, and our notes aim to clarify this, but you will probably already know whether you like sauvignon blanc (now among the world's best), chardonnay, riesling, syrah, pinot noir, or cabernet.South Africa's most famous grapes - white chenin blanc and red pinotage - will be less familiar unless you are already a convert. South African chenins are quite different from those in the Loire - almost always dry, but ripe and full of flavour (often with the complexity that comes from the increasingly sought-after old-vine fruit and the use of oak). Pinotage, a South African creation, is for many a love-it-or-hate-it grape. Pinotage's 'parents' are pinot noir, which imparts its strawberry aromas and lovely texture in young wines, and more complex, farmyard characteristics in more mature examples, and cinsault, the southern French grape, which adds spice and body. It was developed in South Africa in 1926. Shiraz is now making a name for itself in South Africa with some superb examples bottled varietally and showing characteristics that often places it between the plush New World style pioneered by Australia and classic Rhône balance and elegance.More significant in South Africa than much of the New World (notably New Zealand and Chile) are blends, which make selection more complicated, as the style of the wine is less easy to anticipate. As in Australia and California, however, many of the best wines here are blends - a sign of maturity in the industry. Bordeaux blends were favoured initially but there are increasing numbers of Rhône and southern French influenced blends, including some eclectic mixes, many of which are among South Africa’s best wines.The RegionsThe vineyards of South Africa are at a latitude of about 35o south, with hot, dry Mediterranean-type summers tempered by oceanic influences in the south, particularly the very cold Benguela Current. Much of the country is mountainous or hilly with a multitude of terroirs for winemakers to play with. Soils are ancient and complex, and many and varied from region to region, and even vineyard to vineyard. Rainfall is very varied from one area to another, largely depending which side of a mountain or range a vineyard lies on, and in some parts irrigation is essential. South Africa’s rigorous Wine Of Origin scheme demarcates vineyard areas, including some single vineyards, and guarantees the geographical source of the wine much like the old French appellation contrôllée system recently renamed AOP, though there are no controls on yields and grape varieties as there are in France..Bordeaux-style blends are one of the Stellenbosch region's great strengths. Wines such as Kanonkop's Paul Sauer, Meerlust's Rubicon and Warwick's Trilogy are South African icons, produced over many years, and with proven ageing capacity. The striking Simonsberg mountain names the ward (or area) most highly sought after for these reds, but Stellenbosch produces a wide range of wine styles, from excellent chenin blancs and sauvignons to robust pinotage and Cape Blends.Paarl is its less-well-known neighbour, also warm, and best known for its robust but smooth reds. Franschhoek is understandably one of the most-visited towns in the Cape (with lots of French Huguenot history and some of the best restaurants in the region). It has a number of famous producers, most notably Boekenhoutskloof, but most do not produce exclusively from Franschhoek fruit. Cape Chamonix is an exception we rate highly, producing a wide range of wine styles from bubbly to cabernet franc led red blend Troika.The generally warmer Swartland region has been at the forefront of the development of Rhône varietals in South Africa, led by stars such as Eben Sadie, as well as home to some of the best old chenin blanc vines. Further north, and much cooler is Citrusdal, where fresher styles are produced and chenin blanc can achieve real finesse.The Cape peninsula, to the south of Cape Town itself, is home to Constantia, known for its cooler climate thanks to the influence of the two oceans that almost circle it. Here, sauvignon blanc and the Bordeaux grapes predominate, but there are lovely examples of aromatic varieties too, notably Klein Constantia's elegant riesling and its wonderful sweet muscat Vin de Constance, and the vibrant sauvignon blancs from Cape Point vineyards to the south. Rhône varietals are successful new additions.Elgin, en route to Hermanus, is another very cool region, very much up-and-coming for sauvignon blanc, as is Elim, which is even further south and the source of our former Exhibition Sauvignon. Robertson is almost due north of Elim, but way inland and far hotter. A small number of family producers manage to make excellent sauvignon here, too, but it is also a good source of chardonnay, increasingly pinot noir, and elegantly styled pinotage and Rhône varietals, not forgetting the excellent fortified muskadels which are unique to the Cape.The most important factor in deciding whether or not to buy is often the producer's name. This is easily achieved when some of the grandest 'old' names, such as Meerlust, Hamilton Russell, Kanonkop, and Klein Constantia, still rank among the country's best producers. Where it gets trickier is when the winery is new, has no track record, or the winemaker is not a household name.
"Lovely rich flavourful wine, for food or easy drinking. "
I would recommend this wine
"Flavourful yet dry, bodied and strong. A little too chalky for my taste but definitely one to buy again."
I would recommend this wine
"Lovely rich flavourful wine, for food or easy drinking. "
"one of the best bargains on this list"
"At this price, I just have to buy more!"
JancisRobinson.com 9th Aug 2019
"Simple, baked black
fruit with a little Cape smoke lurking furtively in the wings. 15/20 - Richard Hemming MW"
"This is outstanding at this price! Fruity, full-bodied, on it's own or with food, it would be hard to beat."
Mr Ray Mount (31-May-2019)
"Really not convinced by this one. Taste ok, no better than that, but it has a habit of after effect, i.e. hangover!"
Mr Geoff Camp (09-May-2019)
"Excellent value. plenty of depth - great steak wine"
Prof Michael Simmons (24-Apr-2019)
"Wonderfully smooth, quite complex. Well worth it at this price. Must order some more"
Mr Stephen Thompson (03-Feb-2019)
"A thoroughly enjoyable red and good value."
Mr Raymond G Soten (27-Dec-2018)
"At this price, the nose alone is enough. Dark and broody with bitumen and spice. You're Blocked up with a cold? Pour some into a bowl. Put a hot damp towel over your head. Inhale!! You see, you feel better already. The body is was immense. My mouth felt like it needed an extension. True, it felt a little rough around the edges straight out the bottle. However, it rounded nicely on day two. Try some before it gets expensive."
Mr George Fleri (23-Dec-2018)
"Wonderful red for the price! Had finished our first set and saw it is still around so ordered a full case this time"
Mr Vis Bowatte (30-Nov-2018)
"Black fruits and a slight perfume on nose. Red fruits in flavour - cherries and raspberries. A little thin in the mid palette but enjoyable. Quite light on its feet, a little rustic but a good quaffing wine. Good value."
Mr James Small (28-Jun-2018)
"Can't really call this a disappointment for £6.25 but not very good. Thin and inoffensive is the best I can say."
Mr Chris Torney (18-Mar-2018)
"How disorganised am I?
Bought this for a second time because I didn't realise I'd tried and not liked it in November.
This time we thought it was a lovely spicy red and good value.
The main point of this review is to remember that my opinion of a wine can vary depending on unrelated circumstances."
Mr David Ingram (09-Mar-2018)
"A lovely medium bodied red. Perfect with pasta dishes or just drink it on it's own.
This was the cheapest bottle in our recent order and one of the best. We have re-ordered."
Mr Russ Barton (24-Feb-2018)
"Thought we'd try this after enjoying the Chenin Blanc from the same vineyard and it didn't disappoint. A very drinkable red with plenty of flavour and excellent value for it's price."
Mr Ryan Watson (26-Jan-2018)
"A punchy, juicy wine. Lovely spicy raspberry and prune.
Light and bright on the nose, medium bodied on the tongue with a lovely lasting smooth finish that makes the next sip oh so inviting
For the price a steal.
An everyday wine for succulent meats"
Mr Hugo Allen-Stevens (27-Dec-2017)
"Ok, but not a favourite of ours. A bit too much perfume for us. Will not be buying again."
Mr James Bellany (16-Dec-2017)
"This was the very first bottle we tried since joining the Wine Society and I have to say we were very impressed. Went perfectly with a beef casserole. Spicy and full of flavour, so looking forward to the next bottle."
Mr Peter Connell (02-Dec-2017)
"Extremely nice wine. Is a little inoffensive when first opened, but develops a very pleasant character. Fantastic value for £6.25"
Mr Jon Connorton (16-Nov-2017)
"I've enjoyed every wine I've brought from this vineyard"
Mr Tom Watts (31-Aug-2017)
"Colour: Dark intense garnet with a purple rim.
Aroma: Hot and spicy, aromas of raspberries, cherries, liquorice and chocolate.
Taste: Medium-full bodied, good acidity with smooth subtle tannin. A well-balanced wine. Chocolatey, raspberry and cherry flavours. Lots of heat on a decent finish.
Overall: Big, bold and rich with lots of flavours and aromas. Price wise this punches way above its weight. Sooo fruity, very moreish and thoroughly enjoyable."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (03-Jun-2017)
"A lovely smooth, fruity wine with a medium body."
Mr Henry Price-Haworth (28-Feb-2017)
"Cracking wine and terrific value."
Mr Andrew McManus (15-Sep-2016)
"For £5.95 this is a real crowd pleaser, from the first glass. No need to decant it. I can best describe it as a very rounded fruit driven Valpolicella like, South African red. Its got a lovely warm feel to it. Great on its own and like the last reviewer said just brill with a simple Spag bog. It will need drunk on one sitting though."
Mr James Brown (01-Sep-2016)
"A very full bodied wine which is really opened up on the second glass drunk with a rich 'spag bol', after a first glass that did not hint at this. So best sampled with a hearty meal. Hint of spice reminded me of the winery's cinsault, which is a much lighter wine."
Mr Russell C Barton (11-Mar-2016)
joannasimon.com (27th Jul 2016)
spicy, full and supple. Another bargain red.
- Joanna Simon
"A lovely and smooth red of great value. Great midweek tipple we have enjoyed and re-ordered on multiple occasions."
Mr Gavin Hamer (04-Aug-2015)
"When wines are described as "big" or "chocolate" I am always sceptical, but despite my cold this leapt out of the glass. Rich but well balanced and smooth. One for sipping. Would buy again."
Mr Stephen Hughes (23-Jul-2015)
"Modestly priced but pretty good value. The 2014 is a smooth, medium to full bodied wine, with warm, well integrated and slightly spicy flavours. Very nice indeed."
Mr Stephen Beaton (16-Jul-2015)
"You certainly get a lot of 'body' for your money, but at this price point you're better off going for either the Society's French Full Red, Cotes Catalanes, or the Society's Southern Spanish Red Jumilla. Both offer more character and personality for the same [very modest] price."
Mr Matthew Robison (02-Jun-2015)
"I enjoyed this wine and thought it smooth, perfectly balance and just gorgeous.
Palate is rich, generous even. I am buying more."
Mrs Carla Noden (17-May-2015)
"I was hugely disappointed with this wine. Rough, acidic and thoroughly unpleasant. I bought 6 bottles on the basis of The Society review. I tried two just to make sure my first impression was correct. I then gave away another two, the recipient of which has told me he will get his own back on me. The last two went down the sink."
Dr David J Reynolds (08-Nov-2014)
"This wine is nutty, fruity, smooth and utterly delicious. It tastes young, which it is, but fantastic value at £6. Came across it as part of a mixed case; I will definitely be buying more of this!"
Mr Neil Cooper (12-Sep-2014)
"I think this wine is great; it has a rather intriguing almond flavour. I was very surprised at the amazingly low price, the reason for which explained by one of the other reviewers."
Mrs Jane Barry (09-Aug-2014)
"Just been drinking the 2011 edition of this wine. Loved it! If you enjoy intense flavours, the combination of Mourvèdre with Shiraz is a cracker, which belies the super-value price tag. And you can feel good about the environmental aspects, too. South Africa has come such a long way in the past dozen years. Compliments to the winemaker and to Boutinot."
Mr Stephen R R Bourne (20-Jul-2014)
"This is absolute steal at under £6. I believe it is shipped in bulk and bottled in the EU, which defrays cost to a considerable extent, thus providing a high class wine at a bargain price. The wine is powerful, flavoursome and fruity. Highly recommended."
Mr Timothy Appelbee (27-Jun-2014)
Wine-pages.com (13th Jun 2014)
"Made by Boutinot in
the Western Cape, you certainly get bangs per buck with 15% alcohol and a
personality-packed red. Chunky and jammy fruit on the nose, very bold and
flavourful, loads of earthiness and spice. There's a big rustic grip to the
tannins of the palate, but the sweet fruit offsets that, the juiciness and
freshness is good, and whilst it is heart-warming, big and chunky, it has an
honesty and delicious fruit quality. - Tom Cannavan"
"Tasted this at a Society "wine champions" evening. Whilst it's obviously not the most complex and refined of wines it is most certainly excellent value for money and is one I will be buying again for relaxed evening drinking."
Dr Paul Stockbridge (25-Aug-2013)
"Ok so it's not most complex, and lacks a bit of finish, but at less than £6 a bottle this is an absolute miracle. Smooth, rich and satisfying, especially after a bit of air, an ideal winter and BBQ drinker."
Mr Matthew Huntingford (10-Aug-2013)
Mr Robin Barlow (17-Jun-2013)
"Fantastic! Can't believe this costs less than a poorly cephalopod. Lovely balance, bags of lovely, bright fruit flavour but spice and texture as well. Lovely long finish. Also thought it was even better on the second day. I'll certainly buy more of this. (Sick squid by the way!)"
Mr Arthur Butler (25-May-2013)
"I think this wine is excellent value at £5.75 a bottle. Smooth, soft and fruity, but at the same time well balanced and avoids falling into the trap of being akin to alcoholic ribena. I had this with homemade burgers and I think it will be a good choice for summer bbqs (if we actually get one this year. It might even be a good idea to serve it slightly chilled."
Mr Kieran Hynes (04-Apr-2013)
"Very reluctent to write this review! Always been a fan of Rhone/Languedoc, this epitomizes at a very competive price, beautifully structured.
Mr John Walker (11-Oct-2012)
"When I first bought wine I belonged to the Director Wine Club (far above my station then and now) and Cyril Ray, who chose the wines described a Hermitage as a great clanking warrior of a wine. Had he ever tasted this I wonder?!! A powerful wine, very drinkable (thanks to our Master of Wine-shouldn't it be Mistress these days?! or are the old buffers still in charge?!!!) and very good value. Thank you Joanna for investigating the wild west, and coming up with something so good.."
Mr Richard F Lloyd (04-Oct-2012)
"In April 2012 I sampled 18 South African wines to come up with a short-list of four for a wine-tasting event. Looking back on my own tasting notes, Percheron lost out by only half-a-mark - I gave it 6 1/2 out of ten. With hindsight, it should have been in the shortlist as this wine is excellent value for the money, rich, earthy, easily drinkable (watch out for the high-ABV though), and I keep ordering more of it. It is very pleasant to drink on it's own, but seems to have a wide food-match compatibility, particularly with quite spicy, meaty or rich food. It would not disgrace any dinner table."
Mr Nicholas Robinson (02-Oct-2012)
"This is the second case of Percheron I have ordered and very palatable it is. All my freinds who have sampled it are equally impressed, despite a healthy 15% ABV! Having visited South African vineyards twice in the last two years, I am now devoted to their wines, and drink them whenever available. Any chance of buying in some of the first class Chocolate Block from Franshoeck?
Mr Stephen John (02-Oct-2012)
"This wine is great (for taste and value) and appears regularly on our order form. We found that it went very well with a Hairy Dieters/Bikers skinny beef lasagne; the idea was that if we could save a few calories on the food it would leave more for the drink! This wine is so smooth and slips down very easily.
Peter Hyett Esq (02-Oct-2012)
"It is nearly six weeks since I ordered this wine and it has all been consumed. That alone must say something. It has also been thoroughly enjoyed. It is a smooth, gutsy and well balanced wine, and at the price it is hard to beat. Enjoyable - yes. Good value - definitely."
Ian A D McBride Esq (29-Sep-2012)
"Delicious. It's my compulsory steak & chips wine (good for other food too of course); can't stop myself from ordering some every time. Bargain."
Ms Rachel M George (27-Sep-2012)
"Absolutely delicious wine one of the the best in the last case we ordered. Very smooth and excellent value - I will be ordering this wine again."
Mrs Elizabeth Moore (27-Sep-2012)
"Excellent value. Softish with lots of fruit and accompanies red meats very well. Good structure and finish. Will certainly be buying more."
Dr Raymond L Marks (27-Sep-2012)
"This is the second time I've ordered this wine, vintage plus one on first batch. Medium bodied, velvety, very drinkable if a little indistinct = very good value. A regular purchase, I think."
Mr Michael Taraniuk (27-Sep-2012)
"I took this to my local wine appreciation group and was very pleasantly surprised that it was well received by all. Several members stating they would be buying it. When accompanying a hearty red meat dinner pound for pound it would take some beating. Super.
Mr Richard M Marsden (27-Sep-2012)
"I have to provide the wine for a large committee dinner and am always searching for reasonably priced bargains. This wine hit the spot. Every member came up to me afterwards to ask what the wine was and where I had got it from. It was just as described and would go well with most red meats or even a barbecue."
Dr David Preston MD FRCP (27-Sep-2012)
"Delicious, excellent drinking shiraz. No "South African" after taste. Full and eminently enjoyable. Tried three looking for an everyday alternative to the Society's claret and have now ordered a case with this firmly on the "repeat" list."
Mr Anthony R Peel (19-Mar-2012)
"Fantastic shiraz, good feedback from friends and excellent value for money."
Mr Michael Lane (28-Feb-2012)
"Tres bon! Fruity to start, with a delicious herbal mid/after-taste. If I didn't know where it was from, I would have guessed it was French. Definitely get again, great value for money & a lovely wine. You *can* taste the strength after you swallow, and it might be nicer if it was a little less strong, but still very good."
Mr Andrew Tulloch (14-Feb-2012)
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