The Nautilus White Winery
In 2006, we completed our second winery on the site: a new white wine making facility to process our Sauvignon Blanc, Cuvee, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. This facility allows us to precisely control the winemaking process and has improved the environmental footprint of the winery by reducing energy requirements and waste.
A very efficient receival area means that grapes arrive into the winery in perfect condition. We use locally designed and built hydraulic tipping drainers – Taylor’s Engineering ‘Tipping Tanks’ – to manage skin contact time for Sauvignon Blanc, and a pneumatic Diemme press allows us to whole bunch press our Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and also the grapes for Nautilus Cuvee (a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).
Our relatively small size combined with these fantastic facilities means that we have great flexibility in scheduling our harvest. Picking decisions are made based on optimal ripeness and flavour development.
In the winery itself, all tanks are insulated for precise temperature control and energy efficiency, meaning we can chill and stabilise the wine in any tank.
We compost all grape marc on site, creating 250-300 cubic metres of valuable vineyard mulch to return to the vineyards (and our vegetable patches!) each year.
Wines are then filtered using the latest design ceramic cross flow filter which is very gentle on the wines and minimises waste.
For more information on winemaking please read the sections on each individual wine.