Here at Taurus we always look through the Sommelier Wine Awards winners with great interest - because these are wines that are not only top in their class as judged by extraordinarily talented sommeliers, but also wines that are by the nature of the awards, extremely good with food and perfect for a dinner party.
We've put together a mixed case of trophy and gold-winning wines, which we happened to have in stock, and by chance we think they would make the basis of a very good dinner party. Read on for the notes from the judges - and enjoy a case put together as if by your own personal sommelier!
Digby Fine English Leander Pink Brut NV - Beautifully balanced acidity and minerality took this delicate rosé sparkler to Gold. 'A pretty style, which shows nutty autolysis notes on the nose and has a viscous feel on the palate, but is quite pure and citrusy in flavour, and very long lasting,' said Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu, London.
Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fussé 2015 - Offering everything you'd want from a white Burgundy, this Gold winner had 'citrus and red apples, floral and mineral notes on the nose, then a dry and fresh palate, racy and vibrant, more minerals and citrus in an approachable, easy-to-drink style,' said Diana Rollan from Hakkasan. 'Ripe and generous, without losing its focus, and with a lovely structure. Try it with goats' cheese,' said Sara Bachiorri from Chez Bruce.
Cavit, Terrazze Della Luna, Nosiola 2016 - Given a 'House Wine Gold' by the judges. 'Lifted lemon sherbet, apple custard and fennel hints, with some lovely nutty elements combining with a creamy palate. This is lovely, fresh, long and elegant with great balance,' said Angela Reddin, with Sarah Jane Evans MW adding that it would partner well with grilled chicken with lemon and capers. **We are expecting the 2016 in stock shortly, however we feel that the last few bottles of 2015 that we have live up to this award too **
La Madone, La Reine de L'Arenite Fleurie 2016 - one of our house favourites, this wine took Gold for its freshness and beautiful structure with Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish finding the palate 'very soft with nice acid balance and a minty fresh note.' Team leader Tom Forrest highlighted its 'fresh aromas of red cherry and marzipan, soft red fruits with drying minerals and tannins.'
Hush Heath Pinot Noir 2015 - This Gold-winning wine got an extra trophy and was judged by Elly Owen, sommelier at Jamie Oliver's 15 in Cornwall. 'A really appealing delicate lighter style of red with a touch of sweetness that makes it more generous with food.' 'A pretty spicy and off-dry style, fresh with red berries on the palate,' added Luciana Girotto-Beckett from Macellaio RC. Finally, Michael Moore from The London Cookhouse said, 'Great with Stilton, dates and grilled figs with feta.'
Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - 'Exceptional' was one word used for the Gold medal-winning wine. Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn highlighted its 'viscosity, guava, melon and elegance on the palate,' while Masahito Suzuki of Sosharu enjoyed its 'tropical fruit sweetness with acacia notes and long finish.'