When Jules talks about Sauvignon Blanc, clouds part and celestial choirs sing. This is the wine Jules loves.
Jules loves this wine because it is so expressive of the site where it’s grown. Our Sauvignon Blanc has twice won Champion Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards - possibly a reasonable feat.
A delightful light lime in colour, this wine is showing aromas of fruit salad, passion fruit and fleshed nectarines with underlying notes of jalapeno peppers and vine ripened tomato stalks. With its well defined backbone of acid this mouthful of goodness rolls out to a long dry finish. A distinctly Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Download the Sauvignon Blanc 2013 tasting notes (PDF, 3.9 MB)
The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc was grown in the Hawkesbury, Lower Wairau and Awatere Valley sub regions of Marlborough. Each parcel of fruit was chosen for its specific contribution to the aroma, flavour and structure of the resultant blend. In order to encourage the flavours of each individual vineyard parcel to come through in the final blend Jules has kept the winemaking deliberately simple. The grapes were harvested, pressed and cold settled over a period of 48 hours. After racking off juice lees, a long, cool fermentation with selected yeast strains took place. Post fermentation, the components were blended, stabilised and bottled with a screwcap closure to retain freshness.
This is 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.
Aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with ripe guava, pineapple and passion fruit contrasting with less ripe gooseberry flavours. Quite concentrated and weighty wine with an impeccable balance and lengthy finish. 93/100 Points