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Jules Taylor OTQ Chardonnay 2018

“I feel like I’ve literally been gnawing on my own wrists in anticipation to get my hands on the new OTQ chardonnay from Jules Taylor. Scented with spiced peach and citrus custard, toasty oat and grilled almonds, it’s a tightrope of tension and tautness. Jules calls her top-tier wines OTQ, which is short for ‘On The Quiet’ – but she needs to rethink that because the noise they make on release means they sell out super-quick. Crayfish? Stop it.”



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This wine has a luscious golden hue tinged with a hint of green.


This Chardonnay has inviting aromas of nougat and macadamia nuts, backed up by a hint of smoky reduction and layers of concentrated white peach, baked apple and citrus.


A composed and elegant Chardonnay, offering excellent fruit intensity and a creamy texture. Lively lemon notes give a refreshing lift and layers of macadamia and toast come from the barrel fermentation. Brilliantly structured with bright acidity this wine is complex and powerful, with a harmonious finish.


The grapes for this Chardonnay were grown in the Meadowbank Estate Vineyard in the Taylor Pass subregion. This particular block, settled in this picturesque vineyard, was carefully hand managed to provide low-yield, high quality crop. Late March the fruit was hand-picked, Jules took the fruit to the winery where she whole bunch pressed it to provide the juice with perfect clarity. It then underwent a warm wild fermentation in French oak, to give it some extra character. Following the wild fermentation Jules put the wine through a full malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acid profile and add additional layers of complexity. With extended time on lees and stirring in barrel, she then left the wine in oak to mature for 10 months. Just prior to the 2018 vintage, the wine was removed from oak, stabilised and bottled.

FOOD MATCH Complimented by poultry based dishes such as Jules’ favourite Chicken Marbella dish. Alternatively try it with light-as-air gnocchi with pumpkin and tangy goats cheese.

HARVEST DATE 21 March 2018

VINEYARD Meadowbank Vineyard, Taylor Pass, Marlborough

VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay

BOTTLING DATE 1 April 2019

WINE ANALYSIS ALC. –– 13.05% RS –– 0.8 g/L PH. –– 3.45 TA. –– 6.08 g/L


Jules Taylor OTQ Chardonnay 2017
Jules Taylor OTQ Chardonnay 2018