Visiting Marlborough, New Zealand's largest wine
some more interesting Marlborough. Nautilus, like many Marlborough
wineries, has vineyards across the region: four are in the Wairau
Valley, but they’ve also got one in the Southern Valleys and one in
the Awatere. They also source from six growers.
Nautilus, who are family owned, date back to 1985, which is
ancient history in Marlborough terms.
visited Nautilus with winemaker Clive Jones and marketing manager
Katy Prescott, who were in good spirits (above).
We had a look at the Clay Hills vineyard in the Southern Valleys.
Based in the Omaka Valley, as the name suggests, the soils are clay,
and are ideal for Pinot Noir. There are 5.5 hectares of mature Pinot
here, and it forms a large part of Nautilus’ Pinot.
Nautilus have specialized in Pinot and in 2000 they opened a new,
dedicated gravity flow winery for this variety. They are also fizz
specialists, and their sparkling wine has proved very successful.
also had a look at the oldest vineyard, in Renwick. There’s a lot of
work going on here looking at new spacings (narrower than the
traditional wide row spacings of the region) as well as new
varieties such as Albarino and Gruner Veltliner. In addition,
there’s work ongoing trying new vineyard posts.
traditional CCA (chromated copper arsenate)-treated wooden posts
aren’t allowed under organic rules, and so new plantings must have
posts made either of stainless steel or plastic-coated timber.
Although Nautilus are sustainable rather than organic at the moment,
this is a concern.
Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV New Zealand
The base here is 2008 with Pinot the dominant variety. It spends
3 months on lees. Very fine, toasty and expressive with fresh fruity
characters and some citrus and white peach. An elegant style with
nice precision. 90/100
Nautilus Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand
Fine, fresh, expressive nose. Crisp and citrussy with bright,
forward fruit and some sweet apple and pear notes. 88/100
Nautilus Gruner Veltliner 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand
This is the second vintage. Nice fresh apple and citrus with
good structure, some chalkiness and a bit of white pepper. Fresh and
showing some varietal character. 89/100
Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand
Very fine, fresh and aromatic with citrus, some pith and a hint
of green pepper. Lovely textured palate with nice weight and pear,
apple and peach fruit, finishing lemony. 90/100
Nautilus Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough, New
Refined and precise with grapefruit aromatics. The palate is
zippy, complex and alive with nice grapefruit and citrus fruit. Nice
purity and freshness. So lively and mineral. 92/100
Nautilus Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand
Complex and taut with minerals, spice and toast, as well as some
figgy notes. Nice peach and citrus fruit. Stylish. 91/100
Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
in colour. Supple, smooth and elegant with styish red cherry and
plum fruit. Textured, soft and quite sweet, with a bit of bitter
plum bite. Stylish. 93/100
Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough, New Zealand
Fine, expressive cherry and plum fruit. Pure with lovely supple
cherry fruit here. This is supple, stylish and pretty elegant.
Four Barriques Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough, New Zealand
Liqueur-like cherry fruit nose with some fine, herby spiciness and a
hint of leather. The palate shows supple, warm fruit. Stylish,
bright and with some sweetness, as well as a bit of spicy structure.
Four Barriques Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
Taut, structured and fresh with nice cherry and plum fruit as well
as some savoury notes. Nice structure here with some non-fruit
complexity. Nice weight and balance: needs time. 93/100
VISITING CENTRAL OTAGO (2014)
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