Recognised as one of the best examples of Pinot Noir produced in the Marlborough region, we take every care possible with the production of Nautilus Pinot Noir.
Fruit is sourced from five sites, each of which contributes different flavours and layers of complexity to the blend. Since 2007, the Clay Hills component from the Southern Valleys has provided the backbone and mid palate weight. Components from the Awatere, Kaituna, Renwick and Yarrum vineyards provide the “seasoning”.
Nautilus Pinot Noir is made from handpicked grapes which are chilled overnight before being destemmed into tanks in our specialised Pinot Noir winery. The fruit is given a cold soak of five to seven days and then wild fermented before aging in French barriques for 11 months.
Pair with Venison dumplings with a bacon tamarind broth or…
4½ stars -"The
2010 vintage is full of youthful vigour and promise. Matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (30% new), it is a ruby-hued red, mouthfilling and supple, with good density and structure. A very graceful, 'feminine' style, it has strong, ripe plum/spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity, oak complexity and a long, finely poised finish. Open 2014+."
Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013, 13 November 2012 5 stars
- "Elegant with an appealing mix of floral, cherry, mineral and subtle spicy flavours. It opens up beautifully in the glass and the lingering finish reveals power delivered with great subtlety."
Decanter, July 2012 93 points -"Juicy
and lively black cherry and black plum fruit is well supported by firm oak and supple, silky, fine-grained tannins, calling for some time to integrate. Notes of brambles and liquorice provide depth and interest to a long finish. Drink 2015 - 2020."
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Special Edition, 16 November 2012 4½stars
- "Full of youthful vigour and promise, this ruby hued red is mouthfilling and supple, with good density and structure. A very graceful, ‘feminine’ style, it has strong, ripe plum/spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity, oak complexity and a long, finely poised finish. Open 2014+."
Winestate, July/August 2012 Cuisine, January 2013
"... Both the Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc and Nautilus Pinot Noir are at the top of their game. ..." Kevin Ecock, Free Running wine blog, Ireland, 27 March 2013 (Download review.)