2017 Nautilus Sauv Blanc

I stopped by Hencdricks for there Thursday buck a shuck special for some oysters and saw this wine on the by the glass lists. Thursdays wines are $3 off, but on Wed they are half price bottles! It’s always interesting (sometimes maddening) to see the markup on wine at restaurants. From the DrinksOntario web site you can find who is the local rep for a wine that might not be currently in the LCBO. Wines not in the LCBO can generally be purchased from the rep by the case. Case sizes can vary.

Pale in color with a nice grapefruit nose. On the mid palate this wine spot on matches the nose with some nice vibrant pink grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice racy acidity, to the point of zest. Theres some beautiful minerality that coats the mouth and lingers … I would give this an 88+. A boisterous example of a sauv blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand. Sadly not in the LCBO but it’s $22.95 a bottle in cases of 12 from B&W wines.

From the B&W Web site:
2017 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $22.95 + refundable bottle deposit and handling fee
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Brand: Nautilus
LCBO Product #: 481001
LCBO:
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Category: High Volume
Bottles Per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml

Availability
Availability in consignment

Background
A country of great contrasts, New Zealand is blessed with a variety of micro-climates and soil types, as diverse as those of the Rhine and Bordeaux. The growing regions of the North and South Islands enjoy cool growing conditions that encourage grapes to ripen slowly, to produce deliciously, aromatic wines with strength, structure and elegance.

Nautilus Estate relies mainly on grapes from its own vineyards in Marlborough but also selects grapes from other quality vineyard sites. The selection process is very rigorous and only those grapes that will produce wines of exceptional varietal and regional character are chosen. The wines of the Nautilus Estate range are carefully crafted; modern technology and traditional techniques have been deftly combined; French oak is used extensively during fermentation and maturation to complement and enhance the fruit. The resultant wines are stylish and individual. Each is an appreciation of the unique quality of the variety in its South Pacific setting

Tasting 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.

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