Jules Taylor The Wrekin Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
The wild fermentation and extended lees maturation in barrel have created a complexity and texture to the palate of this wine, as well as an vibrant purple hue. It is a supple wine with good fruit intensity and accordingly has aromas of sweet black cherries and hints of spicy oak. It will continue to drink well over the next few years.
Wine Enthusiast - "From a single vineyard at the top of the Brancott Valley, this is a harmonious, silky-textured Pinot, with typical black cherry and sous bois notes and hints of charred beef and cedar. Finishes long, crisp and vibrant. Drink now-2016. Editors Choice."
Jules Taylor Winery
For Jules, a Marlborough girl born and bred, life began in the early 70's just two years before the fledgling local wine industry began planting its first vines. Growing up in this wine region meant that the ebb & flow of the viticultural seasons have never been far from her view. Jules has seen the transformation that the wine industry has brought to the area and with this life long association she brings to her winemaking an intimate understanding of the interplay between the grape and Marlborough's variety of climates and soil.
Although she calls this wine region 'home' Jules has also spent much time wandering the globe's other wine producing areas. During the 11 years since graduating she has completed 8 vintages in Italy; four in Piedmont and four under the direction of Kym Milne MW in Sicily. These were mixed with stints in Australia at Yarra Ridge in Victoria, and the Hunter Valley's Rothbury Estate. In New Zealand, her work history includes Villa Maria in Marlborough and successive vintages at Cloudy Bay. In 2000 Jules settled back into life in Marlborough and continued her day job as winemaker at Kim Crawford's Marlborough winery, eventually becoming Constellation NZ’s senior group winemaker in 2008 after the Kim Crawford brand was purchased. She continued juggling time between her day job, moonlighting with her own wines and looking after her two young sons Louis & Nico. Very recently she has resigned from her position at Constellation NZ to concentrate full time on the Jules Taylor label. Jules is passionate about the flavors, the consistent fruit quality found in Marlborough and creating unique wines from these grapes. View all Jules Taylor Wines
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.