Chardonnay has been a real focus for us at Nautilus for some years now. Low yielding fruit is fermented in oak barrels, with indigenous yeasts and minimal malolactic fermentation. The wine has a pure mineral character with crisp apple and grapefruit notes and a beautiful long finish.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
"A terrific expression of power delivered with supreme elegance. Aromatic and light but with an intensity that's most obvious in the wine's lingering finish. A seductive mix of citrus, stone fruit and nutty savoury characters." 95 points - Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller WINE, December 2011
"This chardonnay is so good you could match it with strawberry ice-cream and it would still taste great. Enjoy a glass with seared scallops and the earth may actually move a little." Bob Campbell MW, Your Home & Garden, January 2012
"This is a ripe and richly fruited style of chardonnay that offers plenty of fragrant melon and white stone fruits on the nose; some pear blossom too. The palate's smooth, supple and even. Bright, round, approachable and juicy chardonnay here - best drunk fresh and young."92 points Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2010 Nautilus Chardonnay is pale straw in colour.
The wine displays a wide range of aromas, including lemon blossom, summer apricots and cre`me brule´e.
The palate is well integrated, rich and complex, with refreshing acidity and flavours that gradually unfold into a lengthy, finely structured finish. This wine has a tight mineral structure in its youth and will develop a creamy texture as it matures.
While approachable in its youth this wine will further integrate and develop for 3 to 5 years from vintage.
Delicious with poussin and sweet corn custard.