Nautilus Marlborough Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2016

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.

Wine Production

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairing

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.

Production Info
Soil composition
Clay-Loam
Training method
VSP
Elevation
300 feet
Vines/acre
133
Average Vine Age
15
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Northern
Year vineyard planted
1999
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
2014
Bottles produced of this wine
2,400
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Pinot Noir
Prefermentation Technique
Cold soak
Time on its skins
20
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
8 days
Fermentation temperature
90 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration and Punchdown
Maceration length
8
Malolactic fermentation
Full
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Barriques
Size of aging container
225
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
11 months
Certified Vineyards
All vineyards certified under Sustainable winegrowing New Zealand
Certifying Organizations
New Zealand Winegrowers
Sustainability Certification
SWNZ

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