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Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Tasting Notes

Explosive aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon peel and lime zest jump out of the glass, followed by hints of Thai basil and thyme.

This in-your-face drop captures the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Ripe, exuberant citrus and passionfruit flavours combine with a lick of wet stones. The palate is dry, complex, and powerful, giving way to a concentrated, lip-smacking finish.

Winery: Jules Taylor
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
SKU: JULSAU2023 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2023

$17.99

Awards/Reviews

94 points Sam Kim June 2023
Gorgeously aromatic and inviting, the bouquet shows nectarine, green rockmelon, lime peel and white floral aromas, followed by a delightfully juicy palate offering bright fruit intensity with fine texture and refreshing acidity, offering terrific drinking.

92 points Bob Campbell MW June 2023
Ripe yet tangy sauvignon with passionfruit, guava, lime zest, gooseberry and red capsicum flavours. Reasonably concentrated, vibrant wine with punchy varietal characters. Impressive wine with purity and power.

91 points Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” March 2024
Leaning on the green veg side of the fence, this is a bombastic-yet-harmonious combo of freshly sliced green bell pepper, string bean, seashell, lime granita and passion fruit aromas. There’s lively acidity and some lovely texture to boot.

Winemaker Notes

The signature dish. When Jules talks about Sauvignon Blanc, clouds part and celestial choirs sing. This is the wine Jules loves 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 a mind-blowing range of full-throttle flavour, just the way Jules likes it.

Growers had to be alert and agile through the early 2022-23 growing season to protect vines and avoid the disease threatened by the regular rainfall. A month or so prior to harvest many in Marlborough were bracing themselves for a tricky harvest. And yet… As so often happens in Marlborough, Autumn weather saved the day. Marlborough dodged the tropical storms that devasted NZ’s North Island.
Loose bunches kept the fruit dry and clean, and early concerns over disease did not eventuate. Healthy canopies kept the vines in good shape to ripen their grapes and develop delicious flavours in a harvest that was somewhat slower and later than usual. The condition of grapes arriving at the winery was truly fantastic. The slow ripening period had concentrated flavours which were ripe, layered and balanced by juicy acidity. Harvest went very smoothly, and Jules was able to breathe a sigh of relief, and then smile with anticipation as she tasted the wines in tank and barrel.

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 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.

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