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Jules Taylor relies in New Zealand’s Marlborough area, the place the winemaker produces a collection of eponymous, reasonably priced bottlings. She was named New Zealand Winemaker of the Yr for 2021. Let’s dig in to this trio of bottlings, all newly launched.
2021 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Sauvignon blanc is Taylor’s specialty, and with this bottling it’s simple to grasp why. Grassier and extra mineral-heavy than the everyday NZ sauvignon blanc, the wine is brilliant with notes of lemon peel and a smattering of contemporary herb notes. Clear and welcoming because it finally ends up, it’s simply the very best wine on this lineup — and probably the most reasonably priced. A- / $14
2021 Jules Taylor Gruner Veltliner Marlborough – Kiwi gruner? Admittedly this hits the palate with nearer to a riesling meets gewurztraminer character, though there’s a doughy consistency to it that harkens to a burlier fashion. Notes of sesame cookies and nougat inform a surprisingly gentle and never overly acidic palate, although touches of blended, contemporary flowers and inexperienced herbs give the end a barely perfumed elevate that at the least hints at gruner. B / $19
2020 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir Marlborough – A troublesome and beefy pinot, underripe and dry as mud. Decidedly quick on fruit, the wine is aggressive and tannic, turning inexperienced and somewhat bitter on the end. It’s a tough slog from begin to end, with little to advocate it. D+ / $25