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Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ 2018 Rosé and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

03 September,2018

Jules Taylor is one of Marlborough’s star winemakers, releasing her own wines in 2001, having worked overseas and in Marlborough beforehand. Her Sauvignon Blanc wine is one of the best in the region, and she is gaining an excellent reputation for her Gruner Veltliner, these two among a very strong range made with the assistance of high quality fruit selection by experienced viticulturist Stephen Dempster. Jules has been developing her ‘reserve’ style wines labelled ‘OTQ’ or ‘On The Quiet’ without too much fanfare, but recently has put these wines to the fore. They are limited production single vineyard bottlings of considerable quality and character, from what I have tasted so far. Here, I review the new ‘OTQ’ 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, released at the start of September.


Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ ‘Limited Release’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, pale candyfloss pink with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with good depth of strawberry and quince fruit aromas along with soft red florals and some savoury mouthwatering mineral elements. This has good density. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has mouthfilling ethereal fruit flavours of strawberries and florals along with quince elements, forming an elegantly concentrated heart. Mineral nuances add detail. The fruit has linearity and drive, and carries along a positive line, with restrained refreshing acidity. The wine leads to a firm, lingering, mouthwatering finish of strawberries and quince. This is a softly mouthfilling, near ethereal flavoured dry rosé with strawberries and quince on a palate with good linearity and a mouthwatering finish. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Branken Hill’ vineyard, Hawkesbury, given a couple of hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 1.1 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $33.90

Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ ‘Limited Release’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough


Full, even, bright, light straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, broad and deep with aromas of white stonefruits melded with a layering of gunflint sulphide reduction, unfolding nutty, toasty and smoky oak detail. The nose possesses freshness and vitality. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich heart with flavours of white stonefruits interwoven with gunflinty reduction with nutty oak, unfolding rich toasty and smoky elements. The fruit is lively and vibrant, and the mouthfeel refreshing with lacy acidity. The wine carries along a fine-textured line leading to a long and sustained finish of flint, nuts, smoke and minerals. This is a rich and vibrant Chardonnay with stonefruit, gunflint, nuts and toasty oak with fine structure and a fresh mouthfeel. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Meadowbank’ vineyard, Taylors Pass, WBP and fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 13.29% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 35% new French oak with batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.0-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $43.90

Jules Taylor ‘OTQ’ ‘Limited Release’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Full, even ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly presented with a tight core of sweetly ripe dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit and subtle nuances of black plums. Some sweet spices, herbs and nutty oak complexes the aromatics, unfolding dark-red and violet floral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and plush flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruit, along with plums, and subtle herbal elements with nutty, spicy oak, and florals, adding detail and interest. The fruit is supported by grainy tannin extraction and grip, with balanced, background acidity. The fruit sweetness and structure are harmonious and carry the wine to a long and sustained, firm finish. This is a sweetly rich and plush, dark-red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with balanced fruit, structure and freshness. Serve with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 6 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Wrekin’ vineyard, Brancott Valley, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 33% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $43.90

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