Sunday, May 26, 2024

VINTAGE ROUND-UP | Jules Taylor wines.

Wine columnist and connoisseur DENNIS KNILL gives his views on two of Jules Taylor wines.

Since the first grapes were planted and nurtured in Marlborough more than 50 years ago, the region has come a long way producing 90 per cent of all sauvignon blanc bottled.

As a wine producing nation New Zealand has a wealth of wine riches (last count 739 wineries) with Marlborough the largest winemaking province with 141 wineries producing 70 per cent of all the wines. Many are creative, innovative winemakers who are pushing the boundaries by growing new grape varieties over and above sauvignon blanc. One of these is Jules Taylor Wines.

From the initial planting of a few vines in 2001 Jules and George Taylor’s first vintage produced 200 cases of sauvignon blanc. After five years of moonlighting, the decision was made to give up their day jobs and make a go of producing wines as a stand-alone business.

From that time the winery has progressed to one of Marlborough’s most successful with an impressive portfolio of wines.

Jules Taylor is the owner and the winemaker. Born in Marlborough there is nothing that Jules does not know about sauvignon blanc. Better known as the Queen of sauvignon blanc in 2021 Jules was awarded Winemaker of the Year. Her love of wine is reflected with the consistency and quality of wines produced.

Enjoyable from the start, don’t rule out these wines from one of our premier producers.

  1. ’21 Jules Taylor On the Quiet Barrel Fermented sauvignon blanc RRP$35 a flavoursome aromatic wine finely integrated with fresh concentrated fruit balanced with a soft acidity and a lingering finish. This is Marlborough at its best. Pair with ceviche, seafood, chicken and leafy salads.
  2. ’21 Jules Taylor On the Quiet Organic pinot noir RRP$55 an ageworthy, deeply coloured mouth-filling flavoursome wine matured in barrels packed with strong fruity characteristics and smooth tannins. Great value at this price. Team up with venison, lamb, pork, duck and casseroles.

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