Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (2020)

Named after a paper-thin shell, the estate-grown 2020 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from mature vines (over 25 years old) at Renwick, in the heart of the Wairau Valley, and fermented and matured for nine months in an 1800-litre French oak foudre and a 3000-litre French oak cuve. Bright, light lemon/green, it is a distinctive, fleshy, sweet-fruited wine, highly fragrant, with tropical fruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, balanced acidity and a dry (3 grams/litre of residual sugar), very long finish. A classy, finely structured wine, it should be at its best mid-2022+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $35 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Potential Classic.

When to drink: 3000

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 27
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 26
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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