JULES TAYLOR, Marlborough

We knew Jules was good...but we confess that her winning of "New Zealand Producer of the Year" at the IWSC was somewhat unexpected, as it was for her. Peerless wines. Award winning Chardonnay, crisp & clean Sauvignon, fruity Pinot Gris, a quirky Gruner Veltliner sit side by side with an elegant Pinot Noir.

Jules' enthusiasm for her craft is evident: "I LOVE it! As a winemaker, you get one chance a year to make the best wine from a particular block of fruit; and the excitement, anticipation and the belly full of grapes leading up to each pick is really important. It is not like you can tip it out and start again if you don’t like it, so capturing the grapes when they are at their optimum is crucial."