Jules impressed the judges of the Cuisine magazine annual tasting again, this time with her "signature dish" Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
The wine received the coveted 5 star rating indicating "Outstanding" quality in a competition of 217 entries and will be sold in New Zealand with the Cuisine "Gold sticker".
"It's a classy rendition from Marlborough stalwart Jules Taylor. It shows early restraint then grows beautifully through the palate, showcasing a focused core of green-edged fruit and flinty acidity. The finish is dry and refreshing," commented the judges on the Jules Taylor 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
The judging panel included John Belsham, highly respected international wine judge and owner of Foxes Island Wines, Marlborough, James Rowan, winemaker at Auckland’s West Brook Winery, and Sam Kim, senior Auckland wine judge and Wine Orbit author. Associate judge (non-scoring) was Cuisine’s New Zealand wine writer, John Saker.
"We’re seeing a more honest approach – more sensitivity and respect for the fruit. As a result, there are more of the much-needed international-style wines and fewer formulaic, flamboyant versions,” commented the panel chair John Belsham on the results.
Cuisine is synonymous with its highly respected, independent wine tastings. The results over the years have formed an invaluable buying guide, allowing readers to trust the familiar "Recommended by Cuisine" sticker.