Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019
|Region||New Zealand, Marlborough|
Deep purple. Intense aromas of ripe plum, mulberries, and dark fruits with just a hint of toasty, earthy notes underneath. This is an intense little number with ripe mulberry and plum flavors. The mid palate is round and concentrated with the fruit balanced by earthy, savory, and spicy notes, suggesting this is a wine that will develop nicely over the coming years. It has loads of supple, finely managed tannins and the finish is long, spicy, and delicious.
Pair with roasted duck breast with green beans with a hazelnut and orange dressing or try a lamb en croute with butternut gnocchi, purple carrot, and black garlic.
Bold, with English breakfast tea, dense tannins and dried sage flavors in balance with licorice-laced plum and black cherry flavors. A smoky thread of palo santo lingers on the finish, where the tannins firm up. Drink now through 2030. 2,000 cases made, 500 cases imported.
This Pinot, from the Southern Valleys region of Marlborough, is quite dense and reductive at the start. Underneath you can see there's ripe dark-berry and plum fruit with soft, earthy herbs, and a polish of sweetly spiced oak, but give this plenty of air before those aromas emerge. Thanks in part to the reduction, acidity and tannins on the palate feel aggressive. Nevertheless there's juicy fruit, an appealing chalky texture and a long finish. A mouthful, this lacks the elegance the variety so willingly provides, but it does hint at better things to come in future. Drink 2021-2028.