Clay Hills Vineyard - Nautilus Estate of Marlborough

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Clay Hills Vineyard

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  • Block 4
    Pinot Noir
    0.15ha
    Clone - UCD 5
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 1999
    Training - spur VSP
  • Block 3
    Pinot Noir
    0.26ha
    Clone - UCD 5
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 1999
    Training - spur VSP
  • Block 2a
    Pinot Noir
    0.3ha
    Clone - 114
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 1999
    Training - spur VSP
  • Block 2
    Pinot Noir
    1ha
    Clones - 115 & UCD 5
    Rootstock - 3309
    Plnted - 1999
    Training - spur VSP
  • Block 1
    Pinot Noir
    0.88ha
    Clone - UCD 5
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 1999
    Training - 2 cane VSP
  • Block 5
    Pinot Noir
    0.76ha
    Clones - 777, 115, UCD 5
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 1999
    Training - spur VSP
  • Block 6
    Pinot Noir
    1.43ha
    Clones - 667 & 777
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 2001
    Training - spur VSP

About Clay Hills Vineyard

Five and a half hectares of mature Pinot Noir was planted here between 1999 and 2004, with a good selection of premium clones: UDC5, 114, 115, 667 and 777. This site is located on an elevated hillside on the eastern Omaka Valley and was purchased by Nautilus Estate in 2007 as a premium component for Nautilus Pinot Noir. Viticulturist Mike Collins says, "With our existing company vineyards on the Wairau Valley floor and in the Awatere already producing trophy-winning Pinot Noir, the one thing we lacked was a premium Southern Valleys hillside site. The Clay Hills Vineyard fits the bill perfectly and adds great mid-palate structure and texture to Nautilus Pinot Noir."

Vineyard Specifications

  • Location: The Omaka Valley, Southern Valleys sub-region.
  • Elevation: 120 metres above sea level.
  • Soil characteristics: Imperfectly drained loess colluvium (clay).
  • Climate: Dry and often windy. Early ripening.
  • Pinot Noir: Clones 5, 115 & 777 (planted in 2000), 114, 667 & 777 (planted in 2004).
  • This site gives wines with mid palate texture and fruit sweetness as well as finely integrated tannins. This parcel generally provides flesh and texture to our wines.