Kaituna Vineyard - Nautilus Estate of Marlborough

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Kaituna Vineyard

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  • Block 6
    Sauvignon Blanc
    3.14ha
    Clone - Mass Selection
    Rootstock - 101/14
    Planted - 2004
    Traning - Scott Henry 4 cane
  • Block 5
    Sauvignon Blanc
    3.47ha
    Clone - Mass Selection
    Rootstock - 101/14
    Planted - 2004
    Training - 2 cane VSP
  • Block 4
    Sauvignon Blanc
    3.64ha
    Clone - Mass Selection
    Rootstock - 101/14
    Planted - 2004
    Training - 2 cane
  • Block 3
    Sauvignon Blanc
    3.06ha
    Clone - Mass Selection
    Rootstock - 101/14
    Planted - 2004
    Training - Scott Henry 4 cane
  • Block 2c
    Sauvignon Blanc
    0.70ha
    Clone - MS
    Rootstock -101-14
  • Block 2b
    Pinot Noir
    0.58ha
    Clone - 777
    Rootstock - 3309 & 101/14
    Planted - 1999, top grafted 2010
    Training - 2 cane VSP
  • Block 2a
    Pinot Noir
    0.59ha
    Clone - Abel
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted 1999, top grafted 2009
    Training - 2 cane VSP
  • Block 1
    Pinot Noir
    1.86ha
    Clone - 115
    Rootstock - 3309
    Planted - 1999
    Training - spur VSP

About Kaituna Vineyard

In January 2004, Nautilus Estate purchased its fourth vineyard, located less than a five-minute drive from the winery on the north bank of the Wairau River at Kaituna. This 20ha  block was planted in 2002 and 2003 in Pinot Noir (4.1ha) and Sauvignon Blanc (14.4ha). Although close to our Opawa and Renwick vineyards, the site is cooler and we can expect a later harvest. The flavours and aromas are quite different from the south side of the river, yielding a different blending component for our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and delivering another layer of complexity in the finished wines.

Vineyard Specifications

  • Location: North bank of the Wairau River close to State Highway 6.
  • Elevation: 40 metres above sea level.
  • Soil characteristics: Stony alluvium with a clay sub-layer.
  • Climate: Warmer and wetter than the Southern Valleys, Awatere or central Wairau Valley with a cooling valley breeze regularly coming out of the Rai Valley.
  • Pinot Noir:  Early ripening, Clone 115 (planted in 2001). Fruit from this site gives wines with a dark colour, rich but simple fruit and firm tannins. This parcel provides a structural influence on our wines.
  • Sauvignon Blanc:  Mid season ripening. Mass selection plantings. The wines show boxwood notes, and a dried herbal lift.