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Jules Taylor, Pinot Gris Marlborough 2018
Pinot Gris 100%
Exploding out of the glass with ripe tropical notes of mango, white peach and canteloupe melon, the primary aromas are supported by touches of fresh cut strawberries and tahitian lime and hints of exotic nutmag and toasted coconut. The palate is smooth and full flavoured. Well balanced, with a slight minerality creating a fine-textured bone dry palate, this Pinot Gris finishes in a flourish of long-lasting tropical fruit.
Around 50% of the fruit for this Pinot Gris came from the Meadowbank vineyard in the Taylor Pass sub-region, with the remainder coming from two unirrigated vineyards in the Lower Wairau. The grapes were a mix of the newer 457 and 52B clones which produce gorgeous little berries full of concentrated stonefruit and spice flavours. In the winery the majority of the juice was pressed and settled in tank then racked for a long, cool fermentation with selected yeast to preserve fruit characters and freshness. Jules retained higher levels of solids through the fermentation to enhance mouthfeel and texture. The hand harvested portion of grapes was whole bunch pressed to old barrels for a wild ferment with natural yeasts. This portion of wine also underwent a full malolactic fermentation with some lees stirring. After resting approximately six months, the components were blended then bottled.
Jules Taylor is lucky enough to say she was born and raised in Marlborough. She has in a way grown up with the wine industry in the sense that she shared formative years with the wine industry. Marlborough was only planted to vines in the early 1970s and really only hit the world map in the late 1980s. Jules never had the burning desire to be a winemaker when growing up, rather the seasons of the wine industry seemed perfectly normal and she pursued a zoology degree. Upon discovering that there was not a big call for zoologists in that area, she decided to get a formal education as a winemaker. Her first real job as a winemaker was at a custom wine facility in Marlborough, but she took advantage of the northern hemisphere vintage and started doing vintages in Italy, and also got experience closer to home in Australia and Cloudy Bay. Fate landed her at Kim Crawford winery, which was eventually sold, and Jules became the Constellation NZ senior winemaker. Working at Kim Crawford was important because she met a few key people who encouraged her to make wine under her own name. A long time passed with Jules doing a day job and making wine under her own name on the side. The side project started off very small and grew over time. At the present time, Jules Taylor makes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. One of Jules Taylor’s passions is Sauvignon Blanc, and she makes a very lively version. She is married to George, also a winemaker, and has two kids. All grapes are sourced from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, from small vineyard blocks, or parts of vineyard blocks.