Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
The wine is dry and medium-weight. Less assertive on the nose than some, this wine builds through the palate with great fruit complexity and concentration, culminating in a delicious, lingering finish.
This is a "serious" style of Sauvignon Blanc, designed to complement food rather than overpower it and to develop in bottle. It pairs well with light foods that have spicy or citrus flavors. Fresh seafood works particularly well. This Sauvignon has more weight and is softer but with longer acidity than many other Marlborough Sauvignons, and that should make it easier to match with food.
Wine Enthusiast - "At this early stage of the wine’s evolution, it shows some slightly pungent, sweaty notes, but they’re balanced by ample ripe passion fruit aromas and flavors. It’s medium in weight, with an attractively structured mouthfeel, and a bright, lengthy finish that echoes with grapefruit. "
International Wine Cellar - "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Complex aromas of gooseberry, lime blossom and white pepper, along with a suggestion of leesy reduction. Supple, round and ripe, offering varietally expressive flavors without any sharpness. Quite pliant in the middle, but with lemon, lime and pepper flavors also giving the wine good definition and energy. Finishes bright and dry, with an element of salty minerality complicating grapefruit and lemon on the subtly dusty, persistent finish. No shortage of flavor here"
Nautilus Estate Winery
Ever since the first fine wine from Nautilus Estate of Marlborough was released in 1985, they have been striving to make wines that are truly synonymous with the best of New Zealand. Celebrated around the world for their intense fruit flavors and zingy freshness, Marlborough is the place that made New Zealand wines famous.
Today, Nautilus Estate produces and exports Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from across five estate vineyards (70 hectares in total) in the Marlborough wine region. A dedicated and enthusiastic winemaking team applies the best of modern winemaking technology, deftly combined with traditional techniques. Nautilus is run by Managing Director, Clive Weston, and owned by the Hill Smith family, proprietors of Negociants New Zealand and of Australia's oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba. View all Nautilus Estate Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.