The natural beauty of the Nautilus shell has inspired our expressive, balanced, precisely crafted wines since 1985, the early days of Marlborough winegrowing.
Back then there were only 80 NZ wineries. Today there are nearly 700. Yet we remain small, family-owned, and committed to the stunningly beautiful Marlborough region.
About the Vineyard
Marlborough’s sheltered, sunny, cool climate is increasingly known for outstanding Pinot Noirs.
Grapes are sourced from two vineyards in the Southern Valleys Subregion of Marlborough. These clay soil, hillside sites giving mid palate weight, concentrated plum flavours and firm fine-grained tannins.
Very low crops of 1-2kg per vine give concentration and balance to the wine, while the blend of sites and clones ensures complexity.
Grapes were hand-picked and sorted to ensure pristine quality. Some whole berries and a whole bunch component were included in the ferment (10-20%) adding floral notes and fine tannins.
A 6-8 day cold soak followed by wild fermentation develops perfume and finesse. Careful punch downs extract only soft ripe tannins, then the wine was aged in French barriques for a refined, harmonious and complex wine.
Floral perfume and fine grained tannins derived from whole bunches compliment the natural plum and blackberry fruit typical of these Southern Valley sites. The clay soils give medium body, great flavour concentration, firm fine tannins and a lengthy finish.
The combination of earthy spice and bright fruit found in this wine compliment dishes such as duck breast with poached cherries. New Zealand lamb, slow cooked with star anise, cinnamon and cloves, is another particularly good match to the spiced notes and succulent palate of this wine.