NOVEMBER’S WINE OF THE MONTH
ORMANNI CHIANTI: Usual price £11.99; sale price £10.79
Rob MacCulloch MW writes: “Attractively fresh and delicate aromas of raspberry, still slightly closed at present, with characteristically typical Chianti flavours of bitter cherries and dried herbs, with a crisp, supporting acidity, and defiantly old-school light, dry, finely-grained and lengthy astringent tannins. There’s certainly an underlying savoury character underneath the bitter cherry flavours that promises to develop over the next two years. This light, savoury, fresh, lean, yet delicately fruited style is classic Chianti, and this wine has the length and underlying depth of flavour that marks it out as a very good example of its region of origin. Drink happily now, or over the next two years, with food.”
Tasting note copyright Taurus Wines/Rob MacCulloch MW
We stock around 40 different. Here is a brief guide to some of our selection. (Prices as at March 2018.)
LE DOLCI COLLINE BRUT PROSECCO £11.50
This Prosecco is a fresh, light and gently fruity fizz from northeast Italy (Veneto) with citrus and green apple aromas. Delicate and lively on the palate with ripe, lightly grapey, peach and pear fruit flavours. On the finish the creamy mouthfeel gives way to a clean refreshing zesty acidity that is the hallmark of any dry Prosecco.
CUVÉE JEAN-PAUL RED 2015 £7.70
This is a Vaucluse red – the Pays de Vaucluse being the local wines of the southern Rhone valley. Typically, they combine the fullness of very ripe fruit with smooth tannins to make a wine with sufficient body to be enjoyed on their own as well as being stamped with sufficient character to partner food. This is demonstrated by this glugable blend of soft Grenache sprinkled with some spicy Syrah; textured plum and strawberry fruit rounds off the palate, making this a delicious, uncomplicated medium-bodied, soft, fruity and very drinkable red.
BELLEFONTAINE MERLOT 2015 £8.25
Rich, vibrant and aromatic with soft plummy fruit flavours complemented by soft silky tannins. The Bellefontaine range is made from Vins de Pays sourced from the Languedoc in the south. Every year Paul Boutinot selects quality parcels of wine from different estates and producers, each contributing key component parts to the finished blend – e.g. aromas, core fruit, fresh acidity, good length and varietal character. A soft and smooth red capable of matching with most foods.
CHAMPAGNE HENRI MANDOIS BRUT NV £29.99
“The Champagne house to watch”- Hugh Johnson.
This family firm is now run by Claude Mandois who is the 9th generation of the Mandois family lucky enough to be making Champagne from this vineyard. The estate comprises 35 hectares of largely premier cru organically cultivated vineyards in 12 villages near Epernay in the South of the Champagne region. Mandois is described in the Christie’s Encyclopaedia of Champagne as producing “Elegant Champagnes which have a satisfying length of attractive creamy fruit… representing great value.”
What better way to spend a summer’s evening than with a glass of Minuty. It is the top selling rosé not only in St Tropez but also in the whole of the French Riviera.
So why not grab a bottle and enjoy that holiday feeling from the comfort of your own English garden? It’s great to drink with friends and the beautifully designed bottle makes it a fantastic and special present.
58 GUINEAS CLARET 2014 £10.50
This is a classic Bordeaux blend with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and a delightful and excellent expression of a true claret. On the nose, it’s fresh and forward with lively red fruit backed by good depth (very typical of claret), youthful but unmistakable. On the palate, it’s round and medium-bodied with perfectly balanced flavours of youthful red fruit with claret backbone. Easily enjoyable on its own or with food.
CAPE HEIGHTS CHENIN BLANC 2016 £7.99
The region of Paarl in South Africa, where Cape Heights is from, is named after the black rocks that glisten like pearls after the rain. A fresh, dry Chenin with broad appeal displaying classic baked apple and zippy citrus aromas with soft, delicate apple fruit on the palate well balanced by crisp acidity. Extended lees contact gives this great value wine some real weight and character.
TARINGI SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 £11.25
A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of gooseberry and ripe guava. A beautifully crisp palate with more flavours of gooseberry and tropical fruit. Sauvignon Blancs, like this one, grown in New Zealand maintain the fresh citrussy grassy notes typical of the grape, but come up riper tasting and a bit sweeter than their northern hemisphere cousins. It’s the growing conditions and terroir that give the Kiwi Sauvignons such a distinctive flavour and differentiates them from the classic French ones. Taringi goes well with chicken, seafood or light meat dishes – a great ‘summer evening’ wine.
CUVÉE JEAN-PAUL DRY WHITE 2014 £7.70
The Cuvée Jean-Paul blends have been Taurus’ ‘house wines’ for many years. Known as CJP to their ‘friends and fans’. The white is blended from quality grapes selected from the Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne and is a deliciously fresh but uncomplicated wine with a fragrant nose, zesty green fruit flavours and invigorating finish.
BELLA MODELLA ‘LA FARFALLA’ PINOT GRIGIO BLUSH 2014 £8.99
This delicately pale blush wine from the Veneto region of Italy starts with a hint of strawberry, before following through with a lovely, fresh, crisp palate. It goes exceptionally well with slightly spicy Asian-style salads, and with the Italian classics of charcuterie and fresh seafood.
SANVIGILIO PINOT GRIGIO BLUSH 2016 £7.70
Pinot Grigio grapes actually become quite coloured as they ripen, hence the slightly copper (romanto) colouring of riper styles of white PG. This perennially popular blush is elegantly scented with peachy, blossom aromas, followed by juicy, ripe, berry fruit flavours. It has a zesty acidity and a long, creamy finish.