Jules Taylor Wines

Jules Taylor Wines source their grapes from vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, Marlborough. Well, not so much from vineyards as back corners of vineyards, rises and hollows and dry-as bits of vineyards.

Jules and viticulturist, Jeremy Hyland, have used their not inconsiderable knowledge of the region to find those small parts of vineyards that will produce the grapes and the flavour profiles that they are looking for. But as much as seeking special bits of land, and grapes, they also look very much for relationships. The relationships that they have with their winegrowers are very important. They want people who care about what they produce. Good relationships produce good grapes. And it’s good grapes that make the best wines.

Winemaker

Jules Taylor

You can’t have a wine label named Jules Taylor without having a Jules Taylor and, happily, we have one. Quick précis just in case you’ve got this far without knowing who Jules Taylor is. Jules is the winemaker, the visionary, the dreamer, the motivator, the laugher, the chivvier, mother of Louis, Nico and godmother to several hundred thousand little grapes. She’s also a pretty nice person. Jules is married to George.

Our History

Whether circumstance or serendipity had Jules Taylor growing up in Marlborough at the time that the wine industry was taking off, she happily admits that she had no blinding ambition to become a winemaker - but things change.

At university she did 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.

Her first job was working at one of Marlborough’s original custom wineries, Vintech, and work continued with vintages in Piedmont, Sicily, Australia and Cloudy Bay, before taking a permanent job at Marlborough Valley Cellars. This was the big step. It was here that she came across the three people that were to be her mentors, Kim Crawford, Simon Waghorn and Matt Thompson.

It was they who encouraged her to launch her own label and, in 2001, Jules made her first batch of Jules Taylor wines. 200 cases of Pinot Gris and Riesling. Today those 200 cases have been joined by Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé. Waiting in the wings are Gruner Veltliner and Arneis.

But back to the beginning. Marlborough is the region that put the distinctive summery grassiness of the New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc on the world map. Marlborough is Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is Jules Taylor’s obsession. She likes the unique expression of the region. She likes its vibrancy. She likes drinking it. And she loves making it. The Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc won the Champion Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the Air New Zealand wine awards in 2007, and again, in 2010. A happy coincidence? We suspect not.

Wine Awards

  • Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Liquorland Top 100 2006, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Liquorland Top 100 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Liquorland Top 100 2010, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Rose 2009 (Liquorland Top 100 2010, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2006, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2007, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • JULES TAYLOR WINES MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • JULES TAYLOR WINES MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • JULES TAYLOR WINES MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • JULES TAYLOR WINES - PINOT GRIS - 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 [TROPHY] (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Pure Gold) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 GOLD (International Wine and Spirit 2012, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Chardonnay 2012 (International Wine and Spirit 2013, Gold Medal winners)

PO Box 897
Blenheim 7240
Marlborough

P: +64 3 578 9831

CONTACT: Jules Taylor