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Jules Taylor 2017 Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

18 July,2018

Jules Taylor is a Marlborough winemaker with charm, making some of the region’s most charming if not high quality wines. Working at Vintech in Marlborough after university, she spent time overseas in the wine industry, returning to Marlborough Valley Cellars where she met her mentors Kim Crawford, Simon Waghorn and Matt Thomson. With their encouragement she launched her own label n 2001, as has never looked back. Her wines are classical Marlborough expressions, made from fruit that is nurtured and sourced by highly respected viticulturist Jeremy Hyland. Most critics would agree her Sauvignon Blanc is her signature wine, but many are seeing Gruner Veltliner as a contender. Then there are her outstanding ‘OTQ’ limited production super-premium wines! Here, I review the new release 2017 Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from one of the region’s most challenging vintages. I have already reviewed several of her 2017 wines, and can report the look very good. I expected no less with these and was not disappointed! www.julestaylor.com


Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2017

Gruner Veltliner from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with straw-green hues, paler on the edge. The nose is softly full and up-front with positive aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and hints of tropical fruit entwined with subtle notes of green stonefruits and fresh herbs, some mineral elements, unfolding fragrant florals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rich, softly packed, dense core of yellow stonefruits and tropical fruit, with green stonefruits, herbs and lifted florals. This has richness and presence and the wine flows with good energy along a fine-textured phenolic line, with fresh, underlying acidity. The flavours carry to an elegant, lingering, but rich finish. This is a rich, up-front, well-concentrated dry Gruner Veltliner with stonefruit, tropical fruit, herbal and floral notes on a palate with presence and a fine-textured line. Match with poultry and pork over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Anderson’ vineyard in the Brancott Valley, fermented in tank with 20% which was hand-picked, indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak, to 12.83% alc. and 0.6 g/L RS, the barrel portion undergoing MLF. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $24.99

Jules Taylor Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, paler edged. The nose is elegant in proportion with a tight core of fresh white stonefruits with nuances of citrus fruit and subtle notes of fresh herbs along with delicate nutty lees and oak elements. This is fresh and thirst-quenching, revealing flint and mineral elements with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely presented with subtle, but intricate flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with citrus fruit entwined with creamy barrel-fernt nuances, some nutty and toasty oak, and hints of lemon-curd MLF. The palate has fruit richness and lusciousness, forming a sweet core, with refreshing acidity enlivening the palate, which leads to a lingering, nutty, smoky finish. This is and elegant, rich and sweet-fruited, but refreshing Chardonnay with stonefruit flavours along with some creamy, nutty oak interest. Match with seafood and creamy poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Anderson’ Brancott Valley and ‘Meadowbank’ vineyard, Taylors Pass, WBP direct to barrel with light solids and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months on lees in barrel with partial MLF. 17.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $24.99

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red with youthful purple tints, lighter on the rim. The nose is moderately full with up-front and well-packed aromas of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit along with plum notes and a suggestion of tamarillos, entwined with dark herbs unfolding floral notes. This is fruit-focussed, open and backed with concentration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is lusciously sweet-fruited and plush with flavours of dark cherry and berry fruit, raspberries, plums and tamarillos, entwined with dark herbs and aromatic florals. The fruit is up-front and mouthfilling, quite accessible with supple tannin extraction. Soft acidity adds to the plushness, and the flavours carry to an open, broad finish. This is an up-front, plush and succulently sweet Pinot Noir with black cherry, raspberry, plum and herb flavours with supple structure and real approachability. Match with pasta, pizza, barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from Brancott and Omaka Valleys, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 15% new, and in stainless-steel. 17.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $32.99

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