We're delighted to welcome Callum Edge to our team as the new Tastings & Events Manager. He has worked abroad as a sommelier at La Serre in Dubai and his stories about serving the locals Chateau Petrus in tea cups are well worth hearing when you next pop in! Callum also grew up locally and we're very pleased that he's decided to come back to this neck of the woods from the desert. By way of introduction, Callum has selected six of his favourite Taurus bottles and at just £100 for all six, you'll benefit from over a 10% saving on the wines.
Wiston Estate Rosé NV - It's great that English fizz is giving the French stuff a run for its money these days and I can't think of a much better example than this local sparkler. Tart summer red berries and zesty pink grapefruit tickle the nose and tantalise the tastebuds. This is a seriously elegant (and affordable) alternative to Champagne.
Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2015 - Adi Badenhorst is becoming one of South Africa's most interesting young winemakers with his minimal intervention approach - but that shouldn't scare you. Boy does this Chenin have texture: it's waxy and honeyed, almost cordial, but with stone fruit (peach and nectarine) and a zip of lime that gives it freshness just at the end of the palate.
Tahbilk Marsanne 2014 - Is it time we paid more attention to white Rhone varietals? I hope so. The iconic Tahbilk winery in the Nagambie Lakes is over 150 years old and has long championed Marsanne. In its youth this will deliver bags of fresh tropical fruits, but with time (if you can wait) it will develop into something more marmaladey and honey-soaked.
Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2015 - This is the little brother of the Perrin family's much-lauded Chateau de Beaucastel and from one of the best vintages in living memory. There's a powerful nose of brambles, herbs and spices typical of the region (after all, we're not far from Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and then a real mouthful of black-cherry jam, which far outperforms its pricepoint.
Marques de Riscal Reserva 2012 - Straight out of the bottle this is a brooding, muscular Rioja full of dark fruits, tobacco and leather. But allowed a little time to breathe (or ideally a few years in the cellar) and its feminine qualities will begin to emerge: fresh, sweet raspberries and a bouqet of wild flowers with a touch of vanilla from the oak. A crowd-pleaser made for a Sunday roast of pink lamb and all the trimmings.
Sepp Moser Schilfwein - Harvested at the start of September, the grapes are dried for three months on reed mats in the sun. Notoriously difficult to produce (and in Austria of all places!) this is a rare treat: the ripe mandarian and quince notes will stand up to a carefully chosen cheeseboard, but would also sing with a biscuit-based fruit pud.