Bottle of Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2021 MARLBOROUGH

SAUVIGNON BLANC

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

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

FOOD MATCH

Try it alongside a salad of tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs, or for something more substantial try crispy skinned snapper fillet with warm puy lentils and a herby lemon sauce.

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Balsamic tomato and coriander salad

AROMA & FLAVOURS

Intense, vibrant aromas of passionfruit, lime zest and lemongrass leap from the glass, supported by notes of freshly crushed herbs and a touch of wet-stone minerality. This upfront, in-your-face drop captures the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Passionfruit and lime zest flavours combine with mouthwatering intensity and juicy acidity, giving way to a long, zesty, lip-smackingly good finish.

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.

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2021 season got off to a cracking start with a warm spring causing an early bud burst and flowering. From Christmas onwards conditions reverted to  sunny, dry weather causing the grapes to start to race towards harvest. However the prolonged dry conditions limited berry growth, so at harvest we had very clean small berries but also some of the lowest harvest bunch weights since 2007. Without exception, all vineyards were disease-free and had great fruit concentration. We just wish there were more to go round!

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. Then came the best part; each batch was tasted, and the final blend created! The resulting wine was then cold stabilised, filtered, bottled, and sealed with a screwcap to ensure perfect freshness.

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 2020

This Sauvignon Blanc has an extra whoomph of white pepper and lemongrassy loveliness across the classic citrus, passionfruit and bruised basil bodaciousness that the Jules Taylor sauvignon blancs are known to possess. The acidity has prickle and punch and adds to the generosity of textures present. It absolutely has all the classic herbaceousness and citrus saturation that you’re hoping for in great Marlborough sauvignon, yet has a spicy, slightly smoky edge that adds extra excellence.

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 2020

The 2020 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc also bears Jules’ trademark delicacy and control, with sleek, lean, citrus fruit, yet with none of the pushy, tropical fruit flavours which make so many Marlborough versions fall flat. 

MATTHEW JUKES

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Classic n classy. Juicy, fruity, tropical-leaning characters with some nashi pear in the mix. Strays away from greenery, herbal characters though a touch of snow pea is in there for good measure. Bright and clean, supple and fleshy in a way, a touch of nice yeastiness, the finish holds a thunderbolt of tangerine acidity to get things in check. Good drink.

91 POINTS - MIKE BENNIE, WINE FRONT