The 2020 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc displays intense lifted aromas of passionfruit and lime zest and hints of elderflower. The palate introduces delightful citrus based mouth-watering intensity and finishes with a strong textural component.
The aim at Nautilus Estate has always been to craft a Sauvignon Blanc that has style & substance, delivering on both the nose and palate and a wine that has natural restraint and elegance. This is achieved purely through vineyard selection and the wine remains a regional blend, focused on the northwestern corner of the Rapaura district in Marlborough. The majority of the fruit comes from Estate vineyards however our long term relationships with a small number of growers allow us access to other sub-regions in Marlborough that deliver unique flavour profiles that can contribute to the blend. This results in a serious wine that has longevity, developing slowly in the bottle and remaining fresh & vibrant for a number of years before mellowing into a wine with toast and citrus peel aromatics and a creamy texture.
The fruit was machine harvested at night or in the cool of the morning and immediately crushed and pressed. The juice was 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. 7% of the juice was fermented with a non-saccharomyces yeast and 2% 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.