Style: Crisp, Fruity, Light Bodied
Practice: Sustainable, Vegan
Jules Taylor Grüner Veltliner Marlborough ’21
This year our Grüner Veltliner grapes were 100% hand-harvested from a single, small vineyard in the Wairau sub-region of Marlborough. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and the free run juice was cold settled over 48 hours and then fermented cool and slow in a stainless steel tank to retain the vibrant aromatics. This approach contrasted with the handling of a second portion which was pressed directly into old French oak for a wild ferment followed by a full malolactic fermentation. Soon after fermentation the two components were blended together before being bottled and sealed with a screw cap to retain perfect freshness.
About the Winery
Jules Taylor was born in Blenheim in the early 70s, just as the fledgling local wine industry began planting its first vines. At university she garnered a degree in zoology. There being a slight shortage of vacancies for zoologists in Marlborough, after completing her degree Jules went on to do a postgraduate course in winemaking and viticulture at Lincoln.
After graduating from University, she took a job at Marlborough’s original custom crush wineries, Vintech before departing to Europe to participate in the first of three vintages in Piedmont, Italy. The northern hemisphere’s winters were spent at wineries in Australia and New Zealand, where Jules’s winemaking apprenticeship continued. But it was the job at Marlborough Valley Cellars she took upon her return to New Zealand which really set the future path for Jules. It was here that she came across Kim and Erica Crawford at the time when they were beginning to forge their own successful wine brand, Kim Crawford.
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, adamant that she learn all aspects of winemaking, from sourcing grapes, glass, labels and all of the other details necessary in establishing a brand. The first vintage of Jules Taylor Wines was in 2001. Her first varietal ever produced, was in fact Riesling. A much under-appreciated grape varietal globally but also coming from New Zealand.
Jules left Kim Crawford in 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, fine wine is the focus as Jules sorts and selects 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 only some of the acreage she farms, she has exclusive contracts with growers who farm to her exact 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.
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