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 straw with a hint of green. The nose is vibrant with zesty fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and passion fruit along with an intriguing hint of thyme. This quintessentially zesty Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly lively on the palate with citrus and also generously layered with mouth-watering tropical fruit flavours and herbaceous hints.
Heading into spring temperatures in Marlborough were higher than normal. Moisture content in the soils was low which lead to an even bud burst in the vines. Below average rain fall from September to December leading into flowering combined with rising temperatures and settled weather created ideal conditions for flowering and a great fruit set. Warmer temperatures continued post flowering but the dry conditions gave way to frequent rainfall which meant verasion was earlier than usual. With all of the rain that fell January to March, canopies were in excellent health all the way to harvest. The real challenge was with some sizeable rainfall events in late February and early March which caused some disease pressure around the district, but happily we were able to harvest our fruit before any botrytis set in.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with fresh mussels sautéed in a white wine and garlic broth topped with a sprinkle of parsley. Or enjoy classic Kiwi style with homemade chunky chips with flaky sea salt and fresh pan fried groper with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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.