Origin: Central Valley, Chile
Taste guide: Dry, white peach, pear and citrus fruit flavours, good mineral tones, unoaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Boutinot is one of France's most renowned winemakers and has in recent years been taking their expertise to other countries, and this Chilean Pinot Grigio is yet another example of their success.
The brand name "Los Otros" means "the others", acknowledging the search that Boutinot made to find some of the forgotten grapes of Chile. In the Cachapoal Valley they discovered German émigré viticulturists growing ungrafted Pinot Grigio vines and producing wines very much in the style of Alsace. Moving on a few years with the addition of Boutinot's own winemakers’ knowhow and the culmination is this superb wine.
Pinot Grigio ripens really well in the Cachapoal Valley, thanks to the warm gentle climate. The vines are trained in a classic pergola system so the canopy shelters the grapes from the often-strong summer sun, helping the grapes retain natural acidity. Boutinot works closely with the grower to ensure the grapes are picked at the right level of ripeness to give a nice, lively texture. Vinification is conducted under controlled temperatures and in stainless steel throughout to retain the inherent freshness and fruitiness of the grapes.
Forget Italian Pinot Grigio, this is an Alsacienne style of wine. Wonderful bouquet of white stone fruit and pear, following through to the palate showing peach, pear and apple with a crispy, juicy finish. Good minerality and classically pebbly. Much more flavoursome than other PGs you'll find out there.
Great with white meats, especially with richer sauces - will even complement milder curries.
This multi award-winning wine sells elsewhere for up to £7.99, though many outlets we checked don't have stock.
At Binendwines just £5.95.