Nautilus The Paper Sauvignon Blanc 2016

100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from older vines on Nautilus Estate's oldest vineyard in the Renwick area of Marlborough.

Fruit is low-cropped and hand picked, then chilled overnight before being whole bunch pressed to give a very fine, balanced juice. Juice is fermented on solids in a large French oak cuve, using a non-Saccaromyces yeast, giving a warmer, slower ferment, then matured on yeast lees for 7 months. This translates to more subtle aromatics, but far more texture and intensity on the palate.

Winemaker's Comments

This premium oak-aged wine illustrates an alternative to the classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; this is altogether a more savoury and textural style. Handpicking and fermenting in oak cuve give "The Paper" understated aromas of citrus peel, wet stones and hazelnuts. The palate is concentrated yet subtle with a creamy texture, focused acidity and a dry lingering finish. 

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    STUFF NEWS | FOOD & DRINK "New wave sauvignons boost Marlborough's reputation" by John Saker, Sept 2017
    "Nautilus The Paper Sauvignon Blanc 2016: This wine is all about texture - a mouthfeel that is both resistant and creamy. It runs tight lines, offering nectarine and yellow fruit notes along the way, and resolves with a dry, mouthwatering finish. A great example of what Marlborough can do."