Nautilus The Paper Sauvignon Blanc 2019
"...plenty of grapefruit flavors and a seductively rich and silky texture in the mouth, then glides to an extended, mouthwatering finish." robertparker.com
Nautilus' The Paper is the estate's premium Sauvignon Blanc sourced from older vines on Nautilus Estate's oldest vineyard in the Renwick area of Marlborough. The wine was aged on its lees for 7 months, producing subtle aromatics, and greater texture and intensity on the palate.
Nautilus was established in 1985 by the Hill-Smith Family, and even today remains a small tight-knit family-owned winery committed to crafting boutique wines that respect and showcase the unique Marlborough terroirs.
5 Stars, Potential Classic, Michael Cooper Buyer’s Guide, New Zealand Wines 2021. Named after a paper-thin shell, the estate-grown 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from mature vines at Renwick, in the Wairau Valley, and fermented and matured for eight months in an 1800-litre oak foudre and a 3000-litre oak cuve. Bright, light lemon/green, it is ripely scented, youthful and tightly structured, with passionfruit-like flavours, a very subtle oak influence, lively acidity, excellent delicacy and vigour, and a lasting finish. A stylish, distinctive wine with obvious potential, it should be at its best 2022+.
94 Points, Bob Campbell, The Real Review, May 2020. A small batch, innovative wine that's only released in exceptional years. Vintage 2019 was certainly an exceptional year. Fermented in large French oak barrels. An attractive, complex wine with strong varietal characters (passionfruit, guava, melon) and subtle oak influence plus a suggestion of struck-match.
93 Points, JamesSuckling.com, Weekly Tasting Report, November 2020. Very attractively styled complexity with guava, papaya, lime, passion-fruit and fresh-herb character, as well as some flinty and waxy notes. The palate is very layered and attractive with a fresh, sleek feel. Citrus and stony notes here. Drink now. Screw cap.
Understated aromas of citrus peel, wet stones and hazelnuts. Concentrated palate, yet subtle, with a creamy texture, focused acidity and a lovely lingering finish.