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2020 MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC

Grassy, summery, bright honesty with a hint of spill the beans.

MIND-BLOWINGLY INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF PURE FLAVOUR, WITHIN A ROW, EVEN WITHIN A BUNCH.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

AROMA & FLAVOUR

Vibrant tropical and citrus aromas of passionfruit, lime and pink grapefruit leap from the glass, supported by exotic notes of lemongrass and Vietnamese mint. This upfront, in-your-face drop captures the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit flavours combine with mouthwatering intensity and juicy acidity, giving way to a long, zesty, perfectly balanced finish.

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Tomato salad with balsamic and fresh herbs

FOOD MATCH

Try it alongside a salad of tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs.  Or try with seared salmon with chilli and coriander on a quinoa salad with torn lettuce leaves, basil and sesame.

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Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Lifestyle

WINEMAKERS NOTES

Jules loves this wine because it is so expressive of the site where it’s grown. It's a grape that, within a row - and even within a bunch - has an incredible diversity of pure flavour.

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc harvest 2020

VINTAGE NOTES

The season started cool and unsettled, but temperatures quickly warmed up leading to an early, quick flowering. The last substantial rainfall of summer was on 17th December and after that Marlborough dried out. This wasn’t obvious early in January as ash drifting across from the Australian bushfires resulted in a lot of cooler cloudy weather to keep the vineyards green. However, the season warmed up heading into February, and the grapes went through veraison in very good, clean condition. In the last week or so the nights cooled off, allowing extra time for flavour development heading into harvest. On Monday 23rd March, as we were handpicking our first Sauvignon Blanc, we heard that New Zealand was heading into lockdown for a month. Thankfully, harvest was able to continue and the weather played its part superbly. Apart from the stress caused by virus, the actual harvest was a breeze with some of the best condition fruit we have ever seen. The last grapes were harvested on 6th April and brought the surreal vintage to a close for the Jules Taylor Wines team.

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Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough winery

VINIFICATION

The fruit for this wine was grown in the Taylor Pass, Lower Wairau, Hawkesbury and Awatere sub-regions of Marlborough, avoiding the main Wairau Valley floor sites. Each block was individually tended throughout the season, ensuring grapes reached optimum ripeness. With a dedicated harvesting crew on hand we were able
to harvest each block individually once the fruit was ripe and the flavours were perfect. At the winery the grapes were pressed into stainless steel tanks for cold settling before gently racking off juice lees. The juice was inoculated with aromatic yeasts and gently fermented at cool temperatures to enhance the wine’s aromas and
flavours. It was then left to settle on its yeast lees for a very short period before being racked back into stainless steel tanks for maturation. Then came the best part; each batch was tasted, and the final blend created! The resulting wine was then filtered and bottled, and sealed with a screwcap to ensure perfect freshness.

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Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Serious, crisp, dry sauvignon blanc with citrus, grapefruit, passionfruit, lime zest and a suggestion of savoury struck-flint character. A great food wine that can be enjoyed now but should become even more interesting with a little bottle-age.

94 POINTS - BOB CAMPBELL M.W.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Passionfruit, passionfruit, passionfruit! If you have a hankering for citrus that cannot be tamed by any old tangelo, then fret not friend, Jules Taylor is here to help. The Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is layered with lime, lemongrass, peapods, and punchy, grassy goodness, it's crammed with character and will have you shakin' what your mama gave ya with sheer tastineess in no time.

YVONNE LORKIN, WINE WRITER, NZ

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Fabulous bouquet of SB with intensity and power, a core of fruit, spice, layers of fresh herbs and definitive stony minerality. Lots of vibrato and energy on the palate with spicy acidity, a core of tropical, citrus and white fleshed fruit flavours, moments of satin texture adding to the complexity and mouthfeel. Lengthy finish, a delicious wine ready to enjoy from today and through 2023+.

94 POINTS - CAMERON DOUGLAS M.S.

JULES TAYLOR MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020

Offering terrific fruit purity and vibrancy, the wine shows grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, nectarine and lemon zest aromas on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that delivers excellent fruit power and persistency. It's brilliantly balanced and lingering with plenty of delicious flavours.

5 STARS | 94 POINTS - SAM KIM, WINE ORBIT

JULES TAYLOR MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018

A nicely crafted texture here, supporting a riot of passion-fruit aromas and flavors. This has some good polish in 2018. 

90 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Jules Taylor's 2018 Sauvignon Blanc seems to capture thesunny, tropical-fruited side of Marlborough in its hints of mango and gooseberries, then balances that with just atiny bit of Awatere leafiness and acid spine. It's medium bodied and plump, with decent length and broad-based appeal.

90 POINTS - WINE ADVOCATE

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