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2016 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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This Sav Blanc out of Marlborough is more than the usual passionfruit bomb. It's quite fragrant with smells of chopped herbs, citrus, gooseberries and passionfruit, whilst the palate is youthful and crisp with a talcy texture, zippy limey acidity and a dry, refreshing finish. It would be great with some squid.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaker's notes: The 2016 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc displays intense aromas of ripe passionfruit, elderflower, limes and fresh herbs. The palate introduces a delightful lime/citrus based mouth-watering intensity and finishes with a strong textural component.

Vintage: Prior to Christmas all the talk was about drought. Fruit set was good but would we have enough water to get through the season and what effect would this have on bunch size. Certainly the river was low. But of course Mother Nature intervened and a couple of timely rains in January during the critical phase when the berries size up meant that a crop that was looking average at best ended up above average in size. Our response was to do a significant amount of thinning in our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to get the vines back into balance. A key feature this year was lower acidity (by normal Marlborough standards), bright fruit flavours and a nice mineral texture across all the wines.

Winemaking: The fruit was machine harvested at night or in the cool of the morning, gently crushed and pressed then fermented with a variety of aromatic yeast strains in stainless steel tanks - the sole aim being to reflect and preserve the flavours and aromas grown in the vineyard. 30% of the juice fermentations were started with a non-saccharomyces yeast and 1% of the blend was barrel fermented. After fermentation, the wine was kept in contact with the lees for five months. This classic technique enhances creaminess and integrates flavours.

Cellaring: Delicious upon release, this wine will improve for 3-5 years post vintage.

Ideal food match: Try with Snapper ceviche with chilli and lime, avocado and tomato, with coriander salsa.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2016 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Michael Cooper (2012 Vintage) says
Sophisticated, tightly structured wine with a very fresh, lively bouquet, showing a touch of complexity. Poised and intense, with good weight, ripe melon and capsicum-like flavours and a crisp, dry finish.
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Powerful passionfruit and ripe lime aromas with lots of vibrant tropical/herbaceous flavours that linger long after the wine has gone. 3-5
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Rich wine with poise, balance and very attractive varietal fruit. "Has everything going for it," enthused one judge - fresh, lifted gooseberries, cut grass and nutty notes.
Winestate 2010
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Some seaweed/iodine notes on the nose, and a sweet/sour impression on the palate. Has balance and length.
Winestate 2009

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