Jules Taylor was born in Blenheim in the early 70s, just as the fledgling local wine industry began planting its first vines.
In 2000, Jules was appointed winemaker at Kim Crawford’s Marlborough Winery and appreciation of her style of winemaking led to the brand’s explosive international growth in the five years of the new century. Concurrently, Kim insisted that she make wine under her own label, and the first vintage of Jules Taylor Wines was in 2001
Jules left in Kim Crawford 2008 to focus on her own brand full-time with her business partner and husband, George Elworthy. Since then her Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Late-Harvest Sauvignon Blanc have received many awards and citations and the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition named Jules Taylor Wines New Zealand Producer of the Year 2013.
Small production, ultra-premium wines.
Jules focuses on single blocks of ultra-premium Marlborough fruit in order to express the elegant terroir of this prized growing region in New Zealand. While Jules owns no acreage, she has exclusive contracts with growers who farm to her specifications and she regularly visits the vineyards in the months leading to harvest to check on the fruit.
Jules divides her time between the enjoyable rigor of winemaking with raising the couple’s two children, Lui and Nico, and enjoying the numerous athletic opportunities afforded in the Marlborough region.
Dense, dark reddy purple. This Pinot Noir explodes with Black Doris plums
and boysenberry fruit, floral notes of violet and
earthy, truffle and liquorice overtones. Spice
from the French oak barriques are layered with
earthy notes and hints of dark chocolate.
The growing season began with a roar. A wet winter had left soils saturated, and mild spring temperatures
kicked off strong early canopy growth. Flowering was slightly earlier than average with vines in mid flower
by late December. A little drizzle during flowering affected pollination and meant bunches were small and
open in structure with lots of tiny berries. After the wet winter and adequate rainfall during spring, the last
significant rain of summer was on Christmas day when 27mls fell. For the rest of the growing season the
warm dry weather was perfect for growing disease-free fruit and meant harvest was going to start early.
The dry summer reduced the size of the grapes even further and for Pinot Noir the small berries and lighter
crops meant dense, concentrated flavours and intense tannins. Vintage itself was rather compressed with
all fruit harvested in 22 days compared to the 33 days over 2018. This 2019 Pinot Noir will be big and bold,
and very much a reflection of the dry, low yielding year.
Pinot Noir on a Harley Davidson! This is a
serious wine that will reward a few years
in the cellar. It is ripe, concentrated and full
bodied, with impressive flavours and plenty of
earthy tannins leading to a long, fine, dry finish.
Decant 20 minutes prior for ideal drinking.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown organically and biodynamically on the Wrekin Vineyard which
lies in Marlborough’s Brancott Valley. Positioned on northwestern facing slopes, set in deep clay soils, this
charming little vineyard was carefully managed to provide a very low-yielding, highly concentrated crop of a
mix of quality Pinot Noir clones: 115, 667, 777, 10/5 and Abel. The intensely flavoured fruit was hand harvested
in mid to late March, then de-stemmed into small open top fermenters where it was cold soaked for six
days. The wine was then fermented with indigenous yeast. Delicate hand plunging during fermentation
avoided over-extraction of tannins and colour. After some time on skins and extended maceration, the
wine was pressed into a combination of new and old French barriques where it underwent a full malolactic
fermentation. After nine months in barrel, the wine was given a light egg white fining and bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Exceptional with most red meats, and especially the strong flavours of wild game such as duck or venison.
It is also great with mushrooms or eggplant dishes. Drink now though 2028
The Jules Taylor OTQ wines were originally made ‘On The Quiet’ by Jules, hence the name. A curated selection of single vineyard wines from sought-after Southern Valleys sites in Marlborough, the
OTQ series represents a challenge to conventional interpretations of Marlborough’s signature varieties and a
personal indulgence for Jules.