Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2006
"A wine I can be truly proud of - power and intensity in an elegant package". That's what winemaker Clive Jones had to say about the Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2006, now on the market. Dark ruby in colour, with an aroma of plums, dark fruit and a hint of spice, the 2006 vintage has a medium to full-bodied palate with ripe fruit tannins and oak, combining to give great structure and a silky texture. It's easy to see why Jones is so proud. Nautilus has put considerable work into the development of pinot noir since it's first vintage in 1997, including a clonal programme designed to break down the contributions of different clones in terms of their palate structure and flavour profile. The research also helps winemakers understand whether the clones work better if vinified seperately and then blended or co-fermented. This was done first in 2001 and was recently repeated with 2003 wines from Dijon clones 667 and 777."
Drinks Biz Magazine (NZ), September 2007
- "I liked this poised and exquisitely balanced wine, which shows a hint of sweetness and yet is perfectly dry. It has plenty of fruit with just a seasoning of oak, and is delicate but powerful. An impressive combination of premium grapes and sensitive winemaking."
Huon Hooke & Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller - Wine (AUS), Aug/Sept 2007
- "I like this poised and exquisitely balanced wine which shows a hint of sweetness and yet is perfectly dry, has plenty of fruit with just a seasoning of oak and is delicate and yet powerful. It's an impressive combination of premium grapes and sensitive winemaking."
Bob Campbell MW - Wine Tasting Report (NZ), May 2007