The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Paper Nautilus illustrates an alternative style to the classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Over 30 years’ experience with this variety have led us to favour palate weight, texture and length in the Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc. The Paper Nautilus takes this one step further.

Paper Nautilus shells are wafer-thin with beautiful geometry and texture. They often wash up on secluded beaches in the Marlborough Sounds.  

About the Vineyard

Marlborough is a sheltered, sunny, cool maritime climate known for intense, highly aromatic wines.

The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from some older vines on our oldest estate-owned vineyard in Renwick. Soils are free-draining and stony, giving low cropping/low vigour vines, relatively early ripening, great flavour development every year and age-worthy wines.

Wine Production

This fruit is very low cropped and hand picked, then chilled overnight before being whole bunch pressed to give a very fine, balanced juice.

Juice is fermented on solids in a large French Oak Cuve, using a non-Saccaromyces yeast, giving a warmer, slower ferment, then matured on yeast lees for seven months. This translates to more subtle aromatics, but far more texture and intensity on the palate.

Tasting Notes

Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs are characterised by freshacidity and aromatic intensity derived from the cool climate, high sunlight intensity and free draining soils.

Handpicking and fermenting in cuve give the Paper Nautilus Sauvignon understated aromas of citrus peel, wet stones and hazelnuts. The palate is concentrated yet subtle with a creamy texture, focused acidity and a dry lingering finish.

Food Pairing

This Sauvignon is more savoury and textural than many other Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, so try pan fried fish with fresh green beans, olive and caper sauce, or roasted white beans and fennel rather than fruity or tropical flavours.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Renwick
Vineyard size
18 acres
Soil composition
Stony
Training method
VSP
Elevation
130 feet
Vines/acre
880
Average Vine Age
25
Yield/acre
4 tons
Exposure
Northern
Year vineyard planted
1992
Harvest time
April
First vintage of this wine
2015
Bottles produced of this wine
3,600
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Age of Aging Container
Three years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
20 days
Fermentation temperature
65 °F
Maceration technique
Sur-Lie Aging
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Oak Cuve
Size of aging container
3000
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Certified Vineyards
All vineyards certified under Sustainable winegrowing New Zealand
Certifying Organizations
New Zealand Winegrowers
Sustainability Certification
SWNZ
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.2
Residual sugar
4 g/L
Acidity
7.1 g/L

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