Recognised as one of the best examples of Pinot Noir produced in the Marlborough region, every care possible is taken with the production of Nautilus Pinot Noir.
Nautilus Pinot Noir is made from handpicked grapes which are chilled overnight before being destemmed into tanks in the Estate's specialised Pinot Noir winery. The fruit is given a cold soak of five to seven days and then wild fermented before aging in French barriques for 11 months.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
The medium ruby-purple colored 2012 Pinot Noir is made with 12-15% whole bunches and offers a lovely red cherry and red currant nose, notes black tea, rose hips and black loam plus a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied and showing a lovely fruit expression, it is framed by medium levels of grainy tannins through the intense and long finish. Only 2500 cases were made. Rating 90 - Drink by 2017, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (DEC/2014).
Attractive perfume of red currants, red berries and red cherries, almost compote like in summer red fruit sweetness. Juicy and ripe to taste too, but acidity trims the wine down, though it finishes with choc-raspberry swirl ice-cream kind of creamy sweetness. Simple, easy to like, likely popular. Rating 88 - Drink by 2019, Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au (OCT/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark ruby in colour.
The nose reveals fragrant aromas of wild raspberries, morello cherries and Christmas cake.
The palate is soft and medium bodied. Refined and balanced, this elegant wine shows good intensity and a lengthy finish.
The primary fruit components showing in the wine's youth will further develop and integrate over the next five years as the wine matures.
Beautiful accompanied by Venison with Star Anise.