Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the Nautilus Estate east coast wine bloggers tasting event via Twitter Taste Live. Taste Live is a popular online wine tasting community that utilizes social media platforms to bridge consumers, bloggers, press, etc., with the wine growers, wine makers, and industry professionals for a unique, engaging, and enjoyable tasting experience.
Nautilus Estate produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from six estate vineyards in the Marlborough wine growing region. Marlborough is the largest and best known wine region in New Zealand and the sunny days, cool nights, free draining soils, and long growing season are keys to the success of Marlborough’s distinctive Sauvignon Blanc and other cool climate varieties. Nautilus Estate's first release was in 1986 and, while there is much focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Nautilus has started a “Pinot Project” aimed at producing premium Pinot Noir wines. Nautilus wines are nationally available and are good QPR (quality-to-price-ratio) wines. So if you see Nautilus in your local wine shop, I encourage you to give them a try. Below are the selections we enjoyed:
Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2009
- Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 - Attractive wine with a nice mouth-feel and texture offering vibrant aromas of grapefruit, green pepper, fresh cut grass, sweet herb and soft tropical notes. On the sip, the wine is crisp and zesty with good mouthwatering acidity. 13.5% ABV Retail $16.99
- Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Gris 2008 – The swirl and sniff offers honey-like notes of apples and pear fragrance with baking spices and toasty notes. A small portion (15%) of the Pinot Gris was barrel fermented in old barrels giving it a round and smooth mouth-feel. In my humble opinion, this wine would be best paired with smoked white meat and creamy white sauce dishes than sipped on its own. 13.5% ABV Retail $18.99
- Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008 – The Pinot is a blend of six clones. Winemaker Clive Jones, at one point during the Twitter tasting, commented that “A mix of clones is like seasoning in cooking, but base ingredient is site.” The Pinot Noir has an inviting dark cherry, raspberry, vanilla, caramel and brown spice nose with pleasant red fruit flavors, spice box, and toasty notes. This is a very nice, well balanced, and moderately-complex example of Marlborough Pinot Noir. 14.0% ABV Retail $24.99
Info: Nautilus, 12 Rapaura Road,Renwick, Marlborough NZ, T +64 3572 6008
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