Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2017 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Nautilus Estates
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Nautilus Estate, established in 1985, is a small, family-owned winery in the cool climate wine region of Marlborough. It is one of the few in the region that has remained under the same family ownership for over thirty vintages.
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.
Wine making :
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.
It 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.
Food matching :
Try with Snapper ceviche with chilli and lime, avocado and tomato, with coriander salsa.