Wines of Jules Taylor, Marlborough

These tasting notes accompany our feature on Marlborough as part of our New Zealand 2020 series


White

(2020) Lovely nose, loads of cream and spice, wild yeast and a touch of old barrel gives it some breadth and a creamy apple quality, a lemon peel character. Palate is rounded and relatively fat, but the acidity cuts through, a touch of spice rounding the finish.
(2020) Quite an obvious wild yeast influence on this again, giving breadth and spices and a deep luscious nectarine and star fruit, deliciously racy too, and a terrific example of Gris, flowing with fruit and a touch of grippy texture in the finish. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Gentle creaminess to the nose here, has quite a Burgundian character, with just a light touch of leesy, buttery character, a touch of flint and a touch of cabbage vegatility. The palate has a racing, sheer acid quality, nuttiness, and the orangey quality of the fruit keeps it tangy and clean against more peachy fruit. Balanced, long and a nice bit of phenolic presence on the finish.
(2020) Properly reductive, flint and gunsmoke nose, a punch of lemon, then the palate has a dry thrust of citrus. Plenty of punch and power, and the palate flows with the cleansing acid and layers of barrel, flint and fruit. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) From this warm vintage, a more tropical style. Gentle capsicum, and the fruit is passion fruit and a touch of fat lemon and lemon rind. Sweet, ripe and delicious nectarine, a ripe orange acidity. Lovely balance. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Hand harvested, a vineyard selection, whole-cluster pressed and fermented with wild yeast in old barrels, skin contact minimal to avoid overt herbaceousness. Certainly has a more obvious direct fruitiness, mango and paw paw, a light earthiness, juicy, with passion fruit and and juicy apples and citrus in the finish. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) With 160g/l of residual sugar, Jules tells me there was a lot of Botrytised fruit in the blend. Nice nose, a touch of Sauvignon Blanc character, herbal, a bit of pungency, then the honey and glycerine, the cold tea aromas, and on the palate full nectarine and orange acidity, tangerine and a delicious touch of creamy vanilla fleshing out the finish. No UK stockists at time of review.

Red and Rosé Wines

(2020) Lovely colour, a touch of flinty and light earthy character to the strawberry and bold, sweet ripe cherry. The palate has lovely strawberry fruit, and pleasing, juicy rosy apple acidity. Serious and yet vivacious and alluring.
(2020) Pale but bright crimson colour. A lot of cranberry and dry herbs and cherries, briar. The palate has a dry juiciness, again there is dried herbs and a touch of currant, good bright citrus acidity. Juicy if slightly lean in the finish.
(2020) From a single vineyard in Brancott that is farmed biodynamically. A huge depth of colour. A tiny bit reduced, but the cherry depth of fruit comes through, a little black fruit character, lot of bold cherry, a kirsch and plum skin intensity, super sweet fruit, a touch of beetroot, and lovely fresh acid. Fine line of Supple tannin. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.


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