Jules Taylor Marlborough Chardonnay 2020 $24.99

Sourced from fruit grown on the Meadowbank Estate vineyard in the Taylor’s Pass area in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys,  which, once harvested, went through a smorgasbord of different treatments to create the style Jules would be happy with. A chunk of whole-clusters went straight into French oak barrels for a wild ferment, other portions went directly to stainless steel tanks and others were cold-settled and divided up into partial tank ferments and partial barrel ferments. Whatever happened, the formula has worked.

Seductive aromas of roast, ripe peach and grilled grapefruit merge with crushed almond, a lick of butterscotch and smoke and each sip is a juicy mouthful. Medium bodied and showing refreshing acidity and a long, creamy finish. Yum!