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Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • WE90
13% ABV
  • WS90
  • WW90
  • WE91
  • WW90
  • W&S91
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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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.
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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.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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