Born in Marlborough in the year the area’s first vines were planted, Jules has literally grown up with Sauvignon Blanc, and spent several years putting her viticulture and oenology post graduate degree to use as Group Senior Winemaker for at Kim Crawford’s internationally recognized Marlborough winery.
In 2001, Jules Taylor Wines began as a little moonlighting project with a mere 200 cases produced. Seven years, two children and countless late nights later, Jules made a bold decision and put it all on the line. She and her husband George quit their day jobs and gave their dream a shot; allowing her to make wines the way she thought they should be. Today, Jules Taylor only makes one batch of each wine every harvest. Once it’s gone, it’s gone—to that end, we are very excited to be able to share this unique Pinot Gris bottling with our Wine Club!
About 50% of the fruit for this Pinot Gris came from the Meadowbank vineyard in the Taylor Pass sub-region of Marlborough, with the remainder coming from two unirrigated vineyards in the Lower Wairau. Most of the juice was pressed and settled in tank then racked for a slow, cool fermentation with selected yeast to preserve fruit character and freshness. The hand harvested portion of grapes was whole bunch pressed to old barrels for a wild ferment with native yeasts. This portion of wine also underwent a full malolactic fermentation with some lees stirring. After resting approximately six months, the components were blended and bottled.
Pale golden hue. This Pinot Gris shows aromas of ripe peach, honeycomb, and orange zest with hints of ginger and macadamia nut. The palate is mouth filling with luscious flavors of citrus flesh, stone fruit and lemongrass on the lingering, fresh finish.