Jules Taylor – Sauvignon Blanc 2022
Jules Taylor was named Winemaker of The Year in 2021 by the Australian publication Gourmet Traveller Wine; no doubt she is one of Marlborough's star winemakers. After working overseas and in Marlborough, she released her own wine in 2001 and became a well-known household wine name throughout New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Her Sauvignon Blanc is arguably her signature wine and one of the region's best. It has a classic Marlborough SB expression, very consistent in style even in the challenging vintages; the fine viticultural work and her sensitive winemaking help achieve that.
The 2022 vintage was somewhat challenging; from her vintage notes,
"The 2022 season started with a very wet spring following hot on the heels of above-average winter rainfall. Budburst was earlier than in 2021, and the vines’ potential for the 2022 season was there for all to see! Settled weather in late spring led to a good flowering across all varieties and some high temperatures in January made for healthy canopies that were well poised to carry the fruit through to ripening. Temperatures cooled down leading into harvest and a spell of rain in February made for some slightly nerve-wracking moments. But in the end, in typical Marlborough fashion, the sun came out and the vines worked their magic. Harvest began with the Meadowbank vineyard in the Taylor Pass sub-region on March 16th. The later ripening Awatere Valley performed particularly well this year and contributes a significantly higher percentage of fruit than normal – over 50% of the 2022 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc."
Classic is the perfect word to describe Jules Taylor's Sauvignon Blanc; that familiar vibrant fruit, well-proportioned herbaceousness and a chalky texture with salinity possesses all the qualities that all SB fans love! Here I review the 2022 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc.https://www.julestaylor.com/
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Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2022, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 25-Jul-2022Bright, even, pale straw yellow with a slight green sheen. This has a classic, distinctive bouquet of passionfruit and gooseberries intermixed with lime flowers and fresh-cut grass. Medium-light bodied, aromas of passionfruit, gooseberries and pear melded with a hint of saline, fresh-cut grass, lime flowers and white spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is lightly chalky, flows effortlessly on a salivating acid drive, carrying spice and citrus zest. This classic Sauvignon Blanc features passionfruit and gooseberries, a grassy character on a smooth-flowing, vibrant drive. Match with white fish and diamond clams over the next 3 years. Fruit from Taylor Pass, Lower Wairau, Hawkesbury and Awatere sub-regions, fermented cool to 13.2% alc, 1.3 g/l RS. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) July 2022 RRP $25