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2019 SINGLE VINEYARD OTQ PINOT NOIR ROSÉ

An especially gorgeous and alluring Salmon pink Rosé with an aroma and palate to suit.

Jules Taylor Wines Bunch of Marlborough Pinot Noir 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.

Bottle of Jules Taylor OTQ Pinot Noir Rose on black slate background with raspberries

AROMA & FLAVOUR

This Rosé is packed with aromas of strawberry, pomegranate and watermelon. It offers subtle suggestions of wild rose and nuances of cream. Exuberant flavours of red summer berries and more subtle quince and apricot notes hit the palate, which is carried along by juicy acidity and balanced by a creamy texture. Most compelling in this wine is the incredible length concluding in a silky yet refreshingly dry finish.

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Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Vineyard Post

VINTAGE NOTES

The growing season began with a roar. A wet winter had left soils saturated and mild spring temperatures kicked off strong early canopy growth. Flowering was slightly earlier than average with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in mid flower by early December. A little drizzle during flowering affected pollination and meant the bunches were open and had lots of smaller berries in them. After the wet winter and adequate rainfall during spring, the last significant rain of summer was on Christmas day when 27mls fell. For the rest of the growing season the warm dry weather was perfect for growing disease-free fruit and meant that the harvest was going to start early. The dry summer reduced the size of the grapes meaning that crops were a bit lighter than estimates had predicted - Pinot Noir was particularly affected. Vintage itself was very compressed with all fruit harvested in 22 days compared to the 33 days over 2018. The 2019 harvest is of particularly high quality with pristine fruit. The smaller than usual Pinot Noir berries this year mean the wines will have extremely intense aromas and concentrated fruit flavours.

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Jules Taylor Marlborough Winemaker Working with Tanks

Vinification

The grapes for this Pinot Noir Rosé were selected by Jules from the Branken Hill Vineyard, which is nestled in the Hawkesbury area of Marlborough’s Southern Valleys. This Pinot Noir is grown specifically for Rosé, as opposed to using the more common, but less well balanced saignée method of production. The fruit was
hand harvested late March in the early hours of the morning. At the winery, Jules crushed the grapes to the press, and left them on their skins for a couple of hours in order to produce the beautiful soft salmon pink colour. She then clarified and racked the juice into tank where it began a long and cool ferment with a selected yeast strain to retain its unique aromas and flavours. Finally the wine was racked off yeast lees, stabilised it and filtered in order to provide brightness and clarity.

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Jules Taylor Wines Food Match

FOOD MATCH

Seafood dishes such as shellfish, octopus, snapper, also compliments cucumber or eggplant focused dishes.

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Subtle, ethereal rosé that's made using hands-off winemaking. Smooth, creamy-textured wine strawberry, cherry flavours and an interesting saline character. An attractive dry rosé with character

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