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2017 SINGLE VINEYARD OTQ CHARDONNAY

A wine that wraps its arm around you and won't let go. This drop is one not to miss.

OTQ CHARD 18 GRAPES

Winemakers Notes

The OTQ Series is a pure expression of Jules’ winemaking skills and her vision to create wines which speak of their place.

Jules Taylor On The Quiet (OTQ) Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

AROMA & FLAVOUR

This Chardonnay is very forward with well-concentrated notes of stone-fruits and citrus mixed harmoniously with smoky reductive tones complimented by a definitive nutty burnt butter note.
It is composed and elegant on the palate, offering excellent fruit intensity, creamy texture, medium to full bodied. Stone-fruits are layered with definitive nutty burnt butter tones from the toasty oak, almost butterscotch in nature. Brilliantly structured with bright acidity and refreshing hints of citrus, this wine is complex and powerful, with a harmonious finish. 

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vintage notes

The growing season began with very little frost pressure and a fairly even budburst throughout the Taylor Pass sub-region, providing brilliant early flowering conditions for this block of Mendoza chardonnay. Post budburst, the temperature tended to fluctuate, the warm weather encouraged the vines to grow vigorously but cooler periods suppressed growth. The early flowering period was cooler causing severe ‘Hen and Chicken’ in the Mendoza clone, the weather during mid-late flowering was much better giving an enhanced finish to flowering. Veraison came on fast for the Chardonnay and was very even, post this for the months of January and February the weather was much warmer than pre-veraison, and due to the number of small berries in a bunch, ripening was rapid. Late March, the fruit tasted incredible with powerful intensity of flavour, Jules made the call to harvest and we hand-picked all of the fruit before the rain events.

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Vinification

The grapes for this Chardonnay were grown in the Meadowbank Estate Vineyard in the Taylor Pass subregion. This particular block, settled in this picturesque vineyard, was carefully hand managed to provide low-yield, high quality crop. Late March the fruit was hand-picked, Jules took the fruit to the winery where she whole bunch pressed it to provide the juice with perfect clarity. It then underwent a warm wild fermentation in French oak, to give it some extra character. Following the wild fermentation Jules put the wine through a full malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acid profile and add additional layers of complexity. With extended time on lees and stirring in barrel, she then left the wine in oak to mature for 10 months, just prior to the 2018 vintage when she stabilised the wine and it was bottled.

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FOOD MATCH

Complimented by poultry based dishes, also crayfish and other rich white seafoods

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New Zealand International Wine Show - Gold

Marlborough Wine Show - gold

Very distinctive, classic bouquet of Chardonnay with ripe yellow stone-fruit aromas melding into aromas of sweet new oak laced with wood spices and toast, a lees component adds complexity and intrigue, a bold and forward package with obvious complexity. Dry, full-bodied and fruity, a wine that packs a punch as it hits the palate displaying some attractive, classic and bold Chardonnay flavours. Peach and nectarine, vanilla, butterscotch and toasty wood, medium+ acidity and alcohol, rich and lengthy finish. Lots to like about this wine. Drink now and through 2024.

CAMERON DOUGLAS, M.S. - 92 POINTS

Full, even, bright, light straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim.  The nose is full, broad and deep with aromas of white stonefruits melded with a layering of gunflint sulphide reduction, unfolding nutty, toasty and smoky oak detail.  The nose possesses freshness and vitality.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich heart with flavours of white stonefruits interwoven with gunflinty reduction with nutty oak, unfolding rich toasty and smoky elements.  The fruit is lively and vibrant, and the mouthfeel refreshing with lacy acidity. The wine carries along a fine-textured line leading to a long and sustained finish of flint, nuts, smoke and minerals.  This is a rich and vibrant Chardonnay with stonefruit, gunflint, nuts and toasty oak with fine structure and a fresh mouthfeel.  Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 4 years. 

RAYMOND CHAN - 5 STARS | GOLD

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

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