Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor

If you are a enjoy quality, vibrant, well-made Sauvignon Blanc wines - then you are a huge fan of Jules Taylor. Few do it as well or as consistently. The 2014 growing season in Marlborough was a challenging one. With this in mind - Jules and her talented vineyard team focused all their efforts on managing crops levels along with vine health, right through to the harvest date of each of the different parcels.

 

The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in late March through to early April. With the selected parcels grown in the: Hawkesbury, Lower Wairau and Awatere Valley sub-regions of Marlborough. Jules choices each parcel of fruit for its specific contribution to the aroma, flavour profile and structure of the resulting blend. It sounds so easy when you hear that - ‘the winemaking was deliberately kept simple’ - but this only comes with vast experience, confidence and a high level of skill to interpret each parcel as it comes into the winery.
The grapes were harvested, pressed and cold settled over a period of about 48 hours. After racking off the juice lees, a long cool fermentation with selected yeasts took place. Post fermentation, selected components were blended, stabilised and bottled under screw-cap, to retain the fruits natural freshness.
In the glass this wine has a pale lime colour with a shining golden hue. On the nose the aromatics leap from the glass with an explosion of passion-fruit, white fleshed nectarines, gooseberry and notes of tomato leaf. This 2014 Sauvignon carries these lifted aromatics through onto the palate, which is loaded with fresh, vibrant tropical flavours and well balanced with herbaceous characters. The wine has a well defined backbone of citrus integrity, along with an expressive mouth-feel which lingers, developing a long, bright dry finish. Bottled in July 2014, with 13.2% Alc. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

This is a quintessentially Marlborough style.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the middle of 2015.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with fresh shellfish, steamed or grilled whole white fish on a bed or risotto, or with a freshly tossed summer salad, enjoy.