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Jules Taylor 2017 Gisborne Rosé and 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

02 August,2017
After committing herself to winemaking, Jules Taylor set up her own brand with the release of her first wines from the 2001 vintage. Jules makes her wines personally, but runs her business with the assistance of husband George Elworthy, also a winemaker, and the viticultural expertise of Jeremy Hyland who sources parcels of high quality Marlborough fruit for her wines. As an industry stalwart, Jules has contacts to obtain fruit for other regions to make her wines. The quality of all her releases is high, but most critics would agree that her signature wine is Sauvignon Blanc. Here, I review the new 2017 Rosé from Gisborne fruit, and the 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


Jules Taylor Gisborne Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne

Bright, pale cerise-pink colour with Some depth and light purple hues on the rim. The nose is fresh with firmly packed and intense aroma of strawberries and cream and a little raspberry fruit, with lifted red florals. The fruit is vibrant and mouthwatering, unfolding hints of confectionary. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a fine and elegantly concentrated, deep, core of strawberries, and raspberries and cream, along with bright red floral notes. The palate is refreshing and vigorous with bright acidity, and a thirst-quenching, dry, fine-textured line. The wine flows with good linearity, leading to a long, mouth-wateringly dry finish of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. This is a firmly concentrated, dry rosé with intense flavours of strawberries and raspberries and lifted florals, with a mouthwatering finish. Match with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. A blend of 96.5% Merlot from the ‘Briant’ vineyard, Gisborne, and 3.5% Pinot Noir from the ‘Wrekin’ vineyard, Marlborough, the fruit given 12-16 hours on skins and cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 1 g/L RS. 18.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $23.99

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is gently full and elegant in depth, showing ripe passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas entwined with notes of fresh herbs and snow peas. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has mouthfilling flavours pf passionfruit and tropical fruit with fresh herb elements. The fruit is rich, but balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and very fine and soft phenolic textures providing the wine with good structure. The fruit has depth and intensity, and plenty of vitality, and carries with zestiness to a long, lingering, thirst-quenching finish. This is a flavoursome and mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, tropical fruit and herb flavours on a fine-textured, mouthwatering palate with fresh, zesty acidity. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Hawkesbury, Lower Wairau and Awatere Valley, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 1.1 g/L RS. 18.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $23.99
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