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Jules Taylor 2016 Pinot Noir and ‘OTQ’ Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

13 June,2017
Jules Taylor and her husband George Elworthy operate Jules Taylor Wines who with the advice of viticulturist Jeremy Hyland source parcels of fruit from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough to make high quality wine. Jules was mentored by the like of Kim Crawford, Simon Waghorn and Matt Thomson, so it is no wonder that her wines are very successful. Her core range is Sauvignon Blanc, which is arguably her signature wine, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay, a rosé, and Pinot Noir. Her indulgences to something special are the ‘On The Quiet’ wines, limited release single vineyard bottlings made behind the scenes so as to not arouse too much interest until they were ready. The word is out on the wines now, and they regarded as particularly interesting. Here, I review the 2016 ‘OTQ’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, these to be released in spring, as well as the ‘estate 2016 Pinot Noir. www.julestaylor.com

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Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ ‘Limited Release’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5+/20
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has an elegant and refined, tightly bound nose with fresh fruit aromas of passionfruit, gooseberries and aromatic fresh herbs, unfolding a subtle layering of green stonefuits, nutty suggestions and a hint of smoke. This has lovely purity and clarity of expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned and tightly concentrated with restrained flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries and green stonefruits, and subtle notes of nuts. The mouthfeel is refreshing with crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good energy and drive along a very fine, phenolic-textured line, leading to a thirst-quenching, brisk, lingering finish. This is a refined, tightly bound, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with freshness and fine-textured linearity and nutty detail. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables, and herb-marinated white meat dishes over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Plunkett’ vineyard in the Dillons Point district, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine undergoing batonnage and full MLF.18.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $33.00

Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ ‘Limited Release’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

19/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth and lemon-green hues. The nose is full and voluminous with well-concentrated aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruit melded harmoniously with reductive gunflint and mineral complexities, unveiling nutty and toasty oak elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lusciously sweet white stonefruit flavours seamlesslt integrated with gunflint, minerally reduction complexities, along with soft creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. The richness is enhanced and balanced by crisp, fresh acidity, and the wine carries along a firm, concentrated core and line, leading to a well-packed, lingering finish. This is a rich, near succulent, complex and powerful Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus and gunflint flavours entwined with creamy and nutty oak on a fresh, finely concentrated and textured palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Meadowbank’ vineyard in the Taylor Pass district, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 33% new French oak with 100% MLF. 19.0/20 Jun 2017 RRP $TBC

Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ ‘Limited Release’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

18+/20
Full, very dark purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. Youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with tightly bound and concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit, unveiling notes of blackberry liqueur and liquorice, and subtle hints of complexing mineral reduction, with nutty and charry oak suggestions. The aromatics grow in depth and intensity with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is richly concentrated with ripe and sweet fruit flavours of blackberries and black cherries entwined with dark-red berry fruits. along with layers of liquorice, dark-red and violet florals and a complex amalgam of minerally reduction and nutty oak elements. The rich fruit is encased by fine-grained tannin structure with integrated acidity, and the wine carries to a solid, dense finish of black fruits and minerals. This is a ich and intensely concentrated black-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle notes of reduction on a fine, firm-structured palate. Match with grilled game meat dishes and casseroles over the next 6-7+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Meadowbank’ vineyard, in the Taylors Pass district, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $43.00

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5+/20
Dark, even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is finely concentrated, firm and tightly bound with aromas of ripe black cherry fruit along with blackberries, a little hint of liquorice, dark herbs, unfolding violet floral and blackberry liqueur notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate has vibrant and lively, juicy and succulent fruit flavours of blackberries and black cherries, with complexing notes of liquorice, dark herbs, florals and blackberry liqueur. The fruit is quite primary in expression and is enlivened by bright, lacy acidity, and the palate is guided by fine, grainy tannin extraction. The wine is carried by the structure to a firm, crisp, lingering finish of blackberries and black cherries. This is a bright and vibrant black-fruited Pinot Noir with a bright mouthfeel and fine-grained structure that carries the wine. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the Brancott and Omaka Valleys, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged predominantly in 20% new French oak, with 10% in tank for 11 months. 17.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $33.00
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