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Nautilus Estate Wines Chardonnay 2016 Wine Review

Nautilus Estate Wines Chardonnay 2016

Nautilus Estate Wines Chardonnay 2016

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $27.95

Drink: 2017-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Nautilus Estate Wines

Agent: Negociants International

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This Nautilus Estate Wines Chardonnay 2016 was reviewed on April 13, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A big-boned wine with a solid structure. Huge flinty nose, big minerality, ripe guava, ripe stone fruit. Rich, oily mouthfeel and full-bodied. Paired well with a rich and creamy seafood casserole. Tasted the 2016 vintage in March 2018. Enjoyed now, and will benefit from a couple years laying down to better integrate the heavy flint minerality. 91 points
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Oak and apple notes with some buttery honey on the palate. Classic New Zealand Chardonnay that will pair with roast chicken or shrimp scampi. Tasted March 2018.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Lots of classic Chardonnay aromas, including golden apple, pear, honey, oak and warm spice. Flavours are full and warm, with a nice acidity to balance and brighten. Perfect wine for roasted chicken with herbs.
Emilie Ryan rated this wine as 84/100 with the following review:

If you like buttered popcorn, you’ll love this Chardonnay.…
Presentation: Looks like it comes from a coastal region with its nautical, artistic and yet serious label
Appearance: Medium gold
Nose: Pronounced nose with notes of buttered popcorn kernels from the bottom of the movie theatre bag
Taste: Dry, full body, medium-high acidity, low tannins, lots of buttered popcorn with a hint of lemon rind
Finish: long popcorn finish
Overall impression: This is a rich New World Chardonnay. If you like buttered popcorn, you’ll love this wine.
Value: 3/5
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier reviewed this wine as follows:

Beguiling billowing buttered popcorn aromas at first glance followed by prominent flinty mineral aromas. Flavours showcase beautifully layered baked apple, buttered toast, and mild baking spice notes. The palate is rich and lavish with a buttery mouthwatering acidity, and a long spiced apple hazelnut briche note. Enjoy this amazing full-bodied New Zealand Chardonnay with Halibut Thai green curry. Tasted March 2018 by @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca
The 2016 Nautilus Chardonnay has a straw colour and an inviting aroma that mixes bright citrus fruit notes with more complex nutty and popcorn aromas derived from natural ferments. The palate is already well integrated with good depth of flavour and refreshing long finish. This wine has a tight mineral structure in its youth and will develop a creamy texture as it matures.

Prior to Christmas all the talk was about drought. Fruit set was good but would we have enough water to get through the season and what effect would this have on bunch size. But of course we had a couple of timely rains in January during the critical cell division phase when the berries size up meant that a crop that was looking average at best ended up above average in size. Our response was to do a significant amount of thinning in all our vineyards to get the vines back into balance.
Fruit from our own Renwick vineyard has been blended with Dijon clone 95 grown by Jim and Debbie Greer. These sites are stony and free draining, giving naturally low yields, fantastic depth of flavour and mineral structure. In an exciting development one third of the 2016 blend is now from new Burgundian clonal plantings in our Renwick vineyard which nicely compliments our mature clone 15 on the same site.

Handpicked grapes were chilled overnight before gentle pressing direct to barrel without settling. The wine was entirely barrel fermented in French oak barriques (20% new) using indigenous yeast. A period of lees stirring post ferment adds a textural element to the palate.

While approachable in its youth this wine will further integrate and develop for 3 to 5 years from vintage.

Delicious with leek, mushroom & mustard chicken w/ herby cauliflower ‘rice’.

Source: Winery (Nautilus Estate Wines)

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