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2018 MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR

A stunningly expressive wine, this is dangerously good Marlborough Pinot Noir.

FICKLE AND DEMANDING, THIS LITTLE NUMBER IS A PIECE OF WORK, BUT HAS TURNED INTO A DANGEROUSLY GOOD WINE.

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Winemakers notes

What we like about it is that it’s fickle, it’s a beggar to work with, yet, with Marlborough’s hot summers and long, cool autumns it’s capable of producing a stunningly expressive wine.

Jules Taylor Pinot Noir Wine

AROMA & FLAVOUR

This Pinot Noir is generous on the nose, showing vibrant aromas of dark cherry, black doris plum and hints of spice. The wild fermentation along with extended lees maturation in have added complexity and texture to the dark cherry and raspberry characters found on the palate. The finish is dry with a nice touch of dark chocolate.

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HARVEST & WINEMAKING

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Marlborough’s Brancott and Omaka Valleys by three local grape farmers. The fruit was harvested by hand and machine over a 4 week period from late March as and when optimum ripeness was reached in each block. At the winery Jules used a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques in order to incorporate the benefits of both approaches. The fruit was destemmed into small open top fermenters and cold soaked for between 5 and 10 days. Hand plunging during fermentation ensured a good extraction of colour and tannins. Portions of the blend remained on skins post fermentation, while others were pressed at dryness before being transferred to oak and stainless steel for maturation.

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FOOD MATCH

Rosemary and balsamic lamb steaks with roast beets with spinach and feta, or venison loin with caramelised red onion and tart berry compote.

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Wonderfully fruited and gorgeously complex, the bouquet shows spiced cherry, dark plum, game, dark mushroom and toasted almond characters. The palate delivers excellent concentration and fleshy mouthfeel, enhanced by silky texture and savoury nuances. It is flavoursome and generous, while remaining elegant and classically structured. At its best: now to 2022

CAMERON DOUGLAS M.S. - 4.5 STARS | 93 POINTS

Plush and velvety, with a note of warm vanilla bean mingling with the black cherry and plum flavors. Spice, cedar and chai tea elements are intense on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

WINE SPECTATOR
 

Succulent, fresh, varietal and fruity with aromas of meyer lemon and tropical fruit, white peach and spring blossoms. On the palate - a dry wine with a core of fruit contrasted by acidity and flavours of fresh herbs. As the wine opens up in glass flavours of white pineapple and whispers of passion-fruit emerge. Steely, vibrant, fresh , balanced and well made. Ready to enjoy from today and through 2021. 

CAMERON DOUGLAS MS - 91 POINTS

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