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.
Immaculate aromas of guava and lemon zest along with peach, passionfruit and lemongrass jump out
of the glass. This quintessentially refreshing Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is vivacious on the palate and full of
mouth-watering tropical fruit flavours and a lip-smacking finish. Best enjoyed young and fresh! However you can certainly cellar this wine in a dark cool environment
for 1-2 years and be well rewarded.
The season started off cool, but temperatures quickly warmed up leading to an early, quick flowering.
We saw our last rain of summer just before Christmas and early January was marked by ash clouds
drifting across from the Australian bushfires. However, the season warmed up in February, the hills
started to brown off, and the grapes ripened nicely, looking clean, ripe and full of flavour. The nights
cooled off slightly in the week leading up to harvest allowing extra time for that last ounce of flavour
development. Vintage was a surreal experience with the country heading into lockdown because of
Covid-19. Thankfully, harvest was permitted to continue and all hands in the vineyards and winery
pulled together to bring the harvest in safely and in good condition. The weather played its part
superbly. Apart from stress caused by the virus, the actual harvest was a breeze with some of the best
condition fruit we have ever seen.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with fresh mussels sautéed in white wine (you know which one to choose!) and garlic topped
with a sprinkle of parsley. Or enjoy Kiwi style with fresh caught fish and homemade chunky chips with
flaky sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.