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2018 SINGLE VINEYARD OTQ SAUVIGNON BLANC

This is a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc like no other you've yet experienced. Enough said.

Jules Taylor Wines Sauvignon Blanc

Winemakers notes

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

AROMA & FLAVOUR

Attractive aromas of pineapple and guava, combined with citrus and lemongrass overlay delicate nut and spice notes. Revealing the softer side of its Sauvignon Blanc heritage on the palate, this wine offers a delicious combination of mandarin and guava, beautifully laced with notes of brazil nut and honey from the wild ferment. The wine finishes with lingering lemon notes.

Jules Taylor
Jules Taylor Wines

VINTAGE NOTES

Heading into spring, temperatures around Marlborough were a few degrees higher than normal. Moisture content in the soils was low which lead to an even bud burst in the vines. Continued below average rain fall leading into flowering combined with rising temperatures and settled weather created ideal conditions for flowering and a great fruit set. Post flowering, the warmer temperatures continued but the dry conditions gave way to frequent rainfall. These elevated temperatures meant veraison was earlier than usual in Marlborough. With all of the rain that fell January to March, canopies were in excellent health all the way to harvest. This meant that even though the temperatures were warmer than normal throughout the growing season, the fruit maintained flavour intensity and good acidity coming into harvest. The real challenge began with some sizeable rainfall events in late February and early March causing disease issues around the district, but happily we were able to harvest our fruit in great condition before botrytis set in.

Jules Taylor
Jules Taylor Wines

VINIFICATION

The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc was selectively hand-picked from a small vineyard in the Taylor Pass subregion of Marlborough. Jules selected particular sun-kissed bunches of fruit that were basking in the sunny Meadowbank Vineyard for this special wine. Following the harvest, Jules took the grapes to the winery and whole cluster pressed them into old barriques where a fast, furious wild fermentation took place. Following primary fermentation, the wine went through a full malolactic fermentation to soften the acid profile and add layers of complexity. She then occasionally stirred the barrels over spring and summer and the wine was blended, stabilised and bottled prior to the 2019 vintage.

Jules Taylor
Jules Taylor Wines

FOOD MATCH

Complimented by seafoods; scallops, grilled fish, squid, trout, salmon and even soft cheeses.

Jules Taylor

Barrel fermented using indigenous yeasts, full MLF (malolactic fermentation) and nine months barrel maturation on the lees. Aromatic, refined sauvignon blanc that's more about texture than simple fruit flavours. A riper style with guava, tropical fruit characters.

93 POINTS - BOB CAMPBELL, MASTER OF WINE

JULES TAYLOR OTQ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018

This has a very lively, fresh array of gently creamy apples, tropical fruit and toffee, delivered as a smoothly textural style on the palate. Drink now. Screw cap.

92 POINTS - JAMESSUCKLING.COM

JULES TAYLOR 0TQ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018

In spite of the difficult vintage in Marlborough, this is a strong offering from Jules Taylor. There’s a little reduction at first, but the flinty, salty nuances actually add character to the already appealing lemon, stone fruit, red apple skin, grass and green bean notes. The palate balances a creamy texture with crunchy acidity and a salty, citrusy finish.

92 POINTS - WINE ENTHUSIAST

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