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Jules Taylor 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

06 September,2018

Having her own brand since 2001, Jules Taylor has grown the quality and the wines she makes from her base in Marlborough. The wines are classical examples of Marlborough varietals, which perform very well for her, even in challenging vintages. At the start of this month she made a new release of her ‘OTQ’ reserve-styled wines, which are outstanding (click here to see my reviews.) Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir appear to standout out for me. The quality of the wines is no doubt partly due to the fine viticultural work and selection of Stephen Dempster, as well as her sensitive winemaking. Jules has contacts throughout the industry, and here, I review her 2018 Rosé, made from Gisborne fruit, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. www.julestaylor.com


Jules Taylor Gisborne Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne


Bright, light, cerise pink with some depth and pale purple hues on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with bright and fragrant aromas of cherries and raspberries with pomegranate notes, along with an amalgam of fresh and dark herbs, red florals and mouthwatering mineral elements. The fruit forms a deep core. Dry to taste, the fruit is sweet and juicy with flavours of raspberries, cherries and pomegranate, along with subtle notes of fresh herbs with floral lift and thirst-quenching minerals. The fruit is bright and lively, forming a fresh, but rounded and packed core, with light, slippery acidity underlining the fruit. The wine flows smoothly to an elegant finish. This is a sweet-fruited dry rosé with flavours of raspberries, cherries and pomegranate, with herb and mouthwatering minerals on a rounded core with a slippery line. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Predominantly Merlot fruit from the ‘Briant’ vineyard, Gisborne and a small amount of Pinot Noir from the ‘Meadowbank’ vineyard Marlborough, given a small amount of skin contact and cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 1.1 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $23.90

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the rim. The nose is very elegant and fine in presentation with a tight core of pungent passionfruit and ripe tropical fruit with subtle notes of nettles and thirst-quenching chalky minerals. The aromatics build in intensity in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a tight core and line of sweet, pungent passionfruit with notes of tropical fruits, herbs and nettles. The palate has light, dry, thirst-quenching phenolic textures and the flavours with good acid energy along a dry-textured, elegant line, leading to a chalky, minerally finish. This is an elegant, taut and textured Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours on a fine, dry phenolic line. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 2 years. Fruit from Taylors Pass, Awatere and Omaka Valleys, Lower Wairau and Hawkesbury, cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 0.6 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees for a short period. 18.0-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $23.90

Jules Taylor Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is initially a little shy, but opens to reveal ripe aromas of tropical fruit and green stonefruits along with lime marmalade, along with honey and musky botrytis. This has good intensity and concentration, unveiling notes of herbs which add to the freshness. Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a bright and well-concentrated heart of rich and succulent flavours of tropical fruits and green stonefruits, lime marmalade, honey and musk. The palate has a subtle unctuousness which is balanced by refreshing acidity. The flavours are underlined by a little alcohol power, and carry with good energy along a smooth, fine-textured line, the wine blossoming with tropical fruits, florals and honey leading to a long, lingering finish. This is a bright and vibrant, rich and lusciously sweet Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc with ripe tropical and green stonefruit flavours, lime marmalade and honey on a fresh palate with good drive. Match with fruit desserts, flans and tarts over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked botrytised fruit from the Meadowbank Vineyard, Taylors Pass, slowly fermented in a small tank to 13.5% alc. and 141.5 g/L RS. (375 ml) 18.5-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $23.90

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