The Better Half is a Marlborough based company designed by George Elworthy, the significant other, or better half, of Jules Taylor, Jules Taylor Wines - although it could be the other way around. George & Jules have worked together for over ten years developing the Jules Taylor Wines brand into an award-winning label with celebrated appeal to both minds and palates.
George is now stepping out from behind the scenes to establish his own label and "the better half" seemed like the perfect moniker to attach to his new project. Having worked together to create the celebrated JTW label, The Better Half is like the other side of the coin, where the currency is quality wines designed to complement great times.
George is an accomplished winemaker, having worked with distinguished company at Marlborough based producers Seresin Estate, Cloudy Bay, Allan Scott and Vavasour. He was also the founding winemaker at The Crossings and has been fortunate enough to learn from and experience a number of vintages in Italy. Certainly a career with an arc towards building character, in branching out with the development of his own brand,
The Better Half, that wealth of experience is now on the table for the rest of us. The wine has been crafted with grapes sourced from the fairer side of vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough.
Pale Gold. The nose is tight and firmly concentrated with penetrating aromas of fresh gooseberries, peaches and nectarine along with lighter notes of passionfruit. This characteristically Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has lively citrus on the palate; which is also generously layered with mouth-watering passionfruit, gooseberries and touches of fresh herbs. This is a firmly concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with a very dry, crisp, and mouthwatering palate.
The growing season began with very little frost pressure and a fairly even budburst throughout the Awatere and Southern Valleys. Post budburst, the temperature tended to fluctuate from hot to cold which delayed the growth cycle meaning flowering was also late. However, a dramatic change in weather in January allowed all of the sauvignon blanc vines to flower very evenly which meant that berry set was also incredibly uniform. The majority of the fruit passed through veraison smartly however the season was still running later than usual. Some warm and dry weather followed during late February allowing the bunches to ripen. The grapes started to develop good avour even at this lower level of ripeness. Having different blocks on differing soils types that were protected by the southern hills meant that we were able to harvest majority of the grapes before the rain events. It really is amazing to see how resilient this variety is and even with lower brix than usual, still having great impact of flavour.
Food Pairing Notes
Combine this with fresh ceviche with white fish, corriander and lemon juice or lightly panfried with buttery beans and chunky cut potatoes covered with flaky sea salt and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
Best enjoyed while young and fresh! However you can certainly cellar this wine in a dark cool environment for 1-2 years and still be well rewarded.