Nautilus The Paper Sauvignon Blanc 2021
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PRODUCER: Nautilus are a small, family-owned winery based in the stunningly beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand. We began making Nautilus wines in 1985 and aim to craft delicious, food-friendly wines from the clean, cool and diverse valleys of Marlborough. Their energetic and innovative viticultural and winemaking team takes the approach of blending several different fruit parcels to achieve layers of complexity in the wines, focusing on their texture and mouth-feel. Our state-of-the-art but small-scale winemaking facilities give them the tools to achieve this.
WINEMAKING: Hand-picked fruit from our Renwick vineyard was chilled overnight before being whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled overnight before racking, including some solids, to a 9-year-old, 3000 L French Oak Cuve. The still cloudy juice was inoculated with a non-saccharomyces yeast (Torulaspora delbrückii) and allowed to ferment between 16 & 18 degrees. After a 26-day fermentation, the wine was matured on yeast lees for 8 months before clarification and bottling in December 2021.
TASTING NOTES: The fourth release of The Paper Nautilus exhibits subtle aromas of preserve citrus, white peach, honeyed characters and spicy complexity. The palate is full with a rich mid-palate and a dry lingering finish.