Family-owned Marlborough winery Nautilus Estate has launched The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc into the UK market.

The Argonauta or Paper Nautilus is found around the world in tropical and subtropical seas; the ‘shells’, which are actually egg-cases laid by octopuses, are paper-thin in weight and it is regarded as having beautiful geometry and texture.

The wine of the same name is produced in small-batch parcels and is priced at £20.99; it is distributed exclusively by Negociants UK.

Clive Jones, winemaker and winery manager, said: “The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc illustrates the diversity of style that can be crafted in Marlborough. Thirty years of growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes, an intimate knowledge of our Estate vineyard sites, combined with our proven passion for crafting food friendly wines have given us the confidence to create an alternative style.

“This is the result of hand-picked fruit from a single site that was fermented on solids at a warmer temperature in a large old oak cuve. The resulting wine has a more subtle fruit expression and greater textural qualities than the classic style.”

Clive Weston, managing director of Nautilus Estate said, “When the very measured, earnest, talented but modest Clive Jones, winemaker at Nautilus Estate for the past nineteen consecutive vintages, taps you on the shoulder and with a twinkle in his eye says ‘I think we’ve cracked it’, you know full well that he is onto something very special.”
“I have watched this inaugural The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2015 evolve from its infancy, through confused adolescence into a fine Marlborough wine that can rightly stand beside the very best of its peer group.”