2016 Jules Taylor Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1343970 93 points Decanter

 An exquisite, feminine style of Chardonnay, this is showing delicate lemony tones combining harmoniously with florals and stone fruits. The seamless oak gives a playful attitude to this wine, and the acidity sits respectfully alongside.  (2/2018)

Bob Campbell

 Pleasing, well-made fruit-driven chardonnay with white peach, ginger and nutty lees flavours. The wine has good weight and a perfect balance of alcohol and fruit sweetness against gentle acidity and fine tannins. Good value at this price. *Four Stars*  (1/2017)

Raymond Chan

 Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. The nose is full and voluminous with up-front, refreshing yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit aromas melded a lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF layer to form a deep core, which reveals subtle creamy and nutty oak elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a bright and lively heart of stonefruits and citrus fruits along with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes, overlaid by lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF flavours. The mouthfeel is refreshing with brisk acidity and the wine flows along a fine-textured line, leading to a lacy finish of citrus fruits and butterscotch. This is a bright and lively, refreshing Chardonnay stonefruit and citrus flavours, balanced oak and layers of creamy, buttery MLF. Serve with creamy-sauced seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from 3 sites in the Southern Valleys, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with light solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in French oak undergoing batonnage and partial MLF conversion. 17.5/20 points  (5/2017)

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Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
It’s not often you can watch a rising star on their ascension, but purchasing modestly priced Jules Taylor’s wines will soon be part of the “good old days” conversation. Remember when you could buy her Chard for under $16? With the recent press (Feb ’17 Decanter Magazine feature) and her strong resume as Kim Crawford’s assistant winemaker many years ago, the Marlborough native is surely destined for loftier price points in the years to come; at least she deserves it! So I am putting 2 bottles in my fridge and 4 in the closet for a “summer of last hoo-rah” with her 2016 Marlborough Chard. The wine has a rich, penetrating bouquet immediately out of the glass with yellow flowers, ripe white peaches and field herbs partnered with balanced oak and malo. On the palate the wine is alive and energetic with lime-lemon citrus and a firm acidity that allows only a light kiss of oak to echo into the finish. Already an artisan, Jules Taylor has truly delivered a beautifully balanced wine that leaves you guessing and contemplating as you return for more and more.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Talk about a great bang for your buck. Perfectly balanced, not too oaky, and definitely not overwhelmingly buttery. The Jules Taylor Chardonnay is easily one of the best Chards we carry in the store for under 20 bucks. Definitely worth a whirl. I could also see this Chard pairing very well with oysters.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Having fallen in love with the Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blancs that we have carried I should not have been surprised with how good this Chardonnay is. Cool apple with a hint of something tropical, a touch of spice and something else that I cannot pin down. It is medium bodied with really good mouthfeel backed by crisp acidity and nice length. A chardonnay for all occasions, and all drinker old world and new.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2018 | Send Email
Chardonnay coming out of Marlborough is not a common thing to come across as the land is often utilized for the more popular Sauvignon Blanc. After tasting this wine, I find the lack of Chardonnay to be a tragedy. This wine has a great acid line from the cooler climate site, yet great richness of fruit from the long, bright sunny days of the South Island. The Southern Valleys tend to produce wines with a little more texture and richness, and while this wine possesses these qualities, it is not in any way cloying or sweet. It is bright, fresh, with just a hint of texture from oak. This is a great value for such a rare find and most definitely a Chardonnay to suit any palate.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14