Mid ruby in colour, with an aroma of plums, raspberries and a hint of spice. The palate is medium bodied with soft tannins and a classic velvet finish. Appealing now with its pure fruit expression, this wine will develop more earthy, savoury characters over the next 3-5 years.
Nautilus Estate Winery
Ever since the first fine wine from Nautilus Estate of Marlborough was released in 1985, they have been striving to make wines that are truly synonymous with the best of New Zealand. Celebrated around the world for their intense fruit flavors and zingy freshness, Marlborough is the place that made New Zealand wines famous.
Today, Nautilus Estate produces and exports Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from across five estate vineyards (70 hectares in total) in the Marlborough wine region. A dedicated and enthusiastic winemaking team applies the best of modern winemaking technology, deftly combined with traditional techniques. Nautilus is run by Managing Director, Clive Weston, and owned by the Hill Smith family, proprietors of Negociants New Zealand and of Australia's oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba.
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Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
The region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.