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.
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.