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MARLBOROUGH FOUR BARRIQUES PINOT NOIR 2012

The 2012 Nautilus Estate Four Barriques Pinot Noir is deep ruby in colour with intense and complex aromas. Mulberry and spicy plums are supported by cinnamon, nutmeg and toasty oak. The wine has a dense core of ripe red fruit enveloped by finely grained tannins and finishing with minerality and elegance.

We only make this wine in the best vintages, assembling it from our favourite four Barriques of Pinot Noir in that year. Only ninety four cases were bottled of this vintage.

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Nautilus Estate Marlborough Four Barriques Pinot Noir 2009


93 Points -"A reserve selection of sorts, this has a nicely captured sense of ripe and fleshy dark cherry and plum fruit, some wild herbs in the mix, dark spices and a lick of boot polish-like oak influence. The palate’s lithe and juicy, with herb-crusted red fruits flowing smoothly through a neatly articulated tannin frame. Good length; will further improve with some time." Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013, November 2012

5 Stars -"The 2009 vintage was grown in the company's Clay Hills (75%) and Kaituna (25%) vineyards, and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (50% new). Highly perfumed, it is deliciously sweet-fruited, with smooth cherry, plum and nut flavours showing excellent richness, complexity and harmony. It's already delicious." Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013, 13 November 2012

5 Stars -" Speaking of Marlborough offerings, the Nautilus Four Barriques Pinot Noir 2009 is only the 5th ever made and it’s blended from their best four barrels of pinot (out of a possible 120 barrels) and less than one hundred cases are made. Winemaker Clive Jones and his team have carefully coaxed into the bottle one of the most exceptional examples from Marlborough that I’ve tasted in recent years. I’ve been a fan of Nautilus pinot for years, but this wine sidesteps the norm and (in my view anyway) epitomises what the region is capable of when excellence is the only option. "I love the lift of chinese 5 spice, black cherry, red rose, ripe rhubarb and charred chestnuts on the nose. It is succulent and juicy but carries density, weight and a serious presence in the mouth. The fruit is ripe, mature even, but edged with smoke and savoury, muscular elements. I imagine if they ever bottle Robert Downey Jnr this is what it’d taste like.www.nautilusestate.com. " Yvonne Lorkin, www.yvonnelorkin.com, 1 October 2012

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