Jules Taylor – The Jules Rosé and Gruner Veltliner 2022
After working overseas and in Marlborough, she released her own brand in 2001. Jules Taylor is one of Marlborough's star winemakers and a household wine name throughout New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. She was named Winemaker of The Year in 2021 by the Australian publication Gourmet Traveller Wine.
After releasing her Sauvignon Blanc 2022 in July, The Jules Rosé 2022 and Gruner Veltliner 2022 followed.
The Jules Rosé 2022 is made from 100% Merlot sourced from Briant Vineyard, Patutahi Valley in Gisborne, planted on silt/ clay loam soils. The fruit was machine picked in the first hours of daylight in the cooler morning temperature to keep the grapes fresh. Once at the winery, the grapes were crushed and pressed immediately and gently off the skins and inoculated with an aromatic yeast. Fermented cool to retain freshness and delicate aromas. The wine was settled after fermentation, stabilised and passed through a light filtration. Capturing maximum freshness and flavours in the bottle.
Gruner Veltliner 2022 is sourced from a single vineyard in the Wairau sub-region of Marlborough. Hand harvested, then whole bunch pressed, the free run juice was cold settled for 48 hours before fermented cool and slow in stainless steel tank to capture the vibrant aromatics. A second portion was pressed directly into old French oak for wild fermentation, followed by a full malolactic fermentation to add texture and complexity. The two components were blended soon after fermentation and bottled under a screw cap.Both wines are deliciously well-made, fit for the warmer weather and vegan-friendly. Read my full review in expansions below.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Jules Taylor The Jules Rosé 2022, GisborneRosé from New Zealand - GisborneReview Date : 17-Oct-2022Bright, even, pale blush pink. The nose is gentle, with aromas of strawberry and raspberry underlined by minerals and a hint of floral. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, aromas of strawberry and raspberry melded with a touch of spice, floral and a savoury edge. The fruit is vibrant with depth and a savoury element; subtle fine-textured phenolics contribute to weight and mouthfeel. This attractive rosé is vibrant with red fruit, balanced with a hint of savouriness flows effortlessly on a textural palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with antipasto over the next 2-3 years. 100% Merlot machine picked, fermented cool to 13.19% alc, 2.4 g/l RS. 18.5-/20 pts (92 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $25
Jules Taylor Gruner Veltliner 2022, MarlboroughGrüner Veltliner from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 17-Oct-2022Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is expressive, gently penetrating pepper berry, floral, fennel and apple aromas. Medium-light bodied, aromas of ripe apple and pear interweave fennel, pepper berry and magnolia. The fruit is concentrated with an elegant expression, growing in volume on the palate. Lively, refined acidity lengthens and carries chalky minerals and delicate peppery spice to a long, elegant, dry finish. This Gruner Veltliner is carefully crafted and beautifully expressed with delicate aromatic and spice. Match with scallops and whitebait over the next 3-5 years. 100% Gruner Veltliner from a single vineyard in the Wairau subregion, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, settled, then fermented cool in stainless steel; a portion was pressed directly into old French oak, wild fermented and full MLF. 12.76%, 1.3g/l RS. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $25