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Nautilus Estate of Marlborough Ltd.

P.O. Box 107, 7243 Renwick
12 Rapaura Road, 7243 Renwick
New Zealand
Telephone +64 3 5726008
Fax +64 3 5726345
sales@nautilusestate.com

This company is co-exhibitor of
New Zealand Winegrowers

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Our products

Product category: wines from Marlborough

CUVÉE MARLBOROUGH BRUT NV

The Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV is pale straw in colour with a fine bead and creamy mousse. The wine has a distinctive nutty bouquet, which shows the richness of a Pinot Noir dominant blend and the benefits of extended maturation. An elegant finely structured wine in which the fruit flavours harmonise with biscuity, yeast derived complexities and crisp acidity to give a lingering dry finish.

IDEAL FOOD MATCH
Try with delicious fresh oysters or parmesan wafers

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VINTAGE ROSÉ 2016

Nautilus Vintage Rosé 2016 is pale salmon in colour with a fine creamy mousse. The nose shows red berry fruits notes, rose petal aromas and a hint of spice. 100% Pinot Noir gives this wine depth and weight balanced by a touch of brioche and a creamy texture from extended lees maturation. This sparkling wine is finely balanced on the palate with an elegant and harmonious finish.

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ALBARIÑO 2019


This is a limited edition, single vineyard wine. Albariño, one of the most distinctive varieties from Spain, is a recent introduction to the pristine wine growing region of Marlborough.

Fruit was hand picked and chilled overnight before being destemmed and crushed prior to pressing. The racked and clarified juice was then cool fermented in a stainless steel tank using an aromatic yeast. A short period of maturation on yeast lees followed prior to bottling.

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PINOT GRIS 2019

This 2019 vintage Nautilus Pinot Gris is pale straw in colour, with vibrant aromas of fresh pears, quince, ginger and delicate hints of five-spice. The medium-bodied palate shows concentrated fruit flavours, with a deliciously dry finish.

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GRUNER VELTLINER 2018

The nose displays delicate aromas of Granny Smith apples with a hint of capers, fennel and a touch of white pepper and spice. The palate is succulent with a pithy texture and distinctive chalky acidity. The finish is persistent with honeydew melon notes and mixed spices. The wine will develop a more oily texture with time.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019

The 2019 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc displays intense lifted aromas of passionfruit and citrus peel and hints of honeydew melon. The palate introduces a delightful citrus based mouth-watering intensity and finishes with a strong textural component.

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CHARDONNAY 2018

The 2018 Nautilus Chardonnay is straw coloured with a lifted nose of attractive primary fruit aromas. The palate displays fresh nectarine and almond flavours along with a hint of nutty complexity from natural ferments. The palate has good depth and concentration with a refreshing long finish. This wine has a tight mineral structure and will develop a creamy texture as it matures.

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AWATERE RIVER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

This wine has a lifted floral and red fruit character on the nose with hints of spice. The palate is full and long with an assertive tannin structure.

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CLAY HILLS PINOT NOIR 2016

This wine has aromas of blackberries, black cherries, toasted spices and savoury notes. The mid-palate shows fruit sweetness, while generous but fine-grained tannins contribute to a lingering elegant finish.

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SOUTHERN VALLEYS PINOT NOIR 2016

The 2016 Nautilus Pinot Noir is dark ruby in colour. The nose reveals lifted floral aromas, ripe wild blackberries, cherries and spices. The palate is medium bodied with good structure. Refined and balanced, this elegant wine shows good intensity and a lengthy finish.

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Nautilus Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2017

Marlborough - The 2017 Nautilus Pinot Noir is dark ruby in colour. The complex nose displays dark fruits, earthy notes and a touch of toasty spice. The palate is concentrated and elegant with a fine dense core of tanins and a long savoury finish.

Region
New Zealand > Marlborough

Alc.: 13.5 % ABV   |   RS: 0.4 g/l   |   TA: 5.3 g/l

Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Vinification
To make this wine, fruit from Pinot Noir clones 114, 115, 5, 667, 777 and Abel was hand harvested and de-stemmed without crushing to allow a portion of whole berries in the ferment. A small amount of whole bunch fruit was also included in some ferments (average 18% whole bunch). The grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast in open top fermenters after a 6-8 day ‘cold soak’. Careful cap management, using our pneumatic punch down device, has resulted in extraction of only the soft ripe tannins. After pressing the wine was racked directly to a mixture of new and older French oak Barriques, where it remained undisturbed until filtration and bottling in March 2018.

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
Red

Wine Type
Still wine

Awards
90 points or more

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Marlborough

Nautilus Opawa Pinot Noir 2018

Marlborough - A medium bodied and beautifully balanced Marlborough Pinot Noir. The nose shows attractive notes of ripe plums and wild strawberries with a hint of cloves and spice. The palate displays supple red fruit flavours and soft, fine tannins. This wine has an elegant structure, silky texture and juicy acidity to give freshness, and it closes in a lingering finish.

Region
New Zealand > Marlborough

Alc.: 13.0 % ABV   |   RS: 0.4 g/l   |   TA: 5.1 g/l

Blend
Pinot Noir

Vinification
This wine was made from selected premium vineyards in our dedicated Pinot Noir Cellar using principles of minimal handling and gravity flow. After a cold soak and indigenous fermentation the wine was pressed into French oak barriques for maturation, before being clarified and bottled in February 2019.

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
Red

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Marlborough

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough - The 2019 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc displays intense lifted aromas of passionfruit and citrus peel and hints of honeydew melon. The palate introduces a delightful citrus based mouth-watering intensity and finishes with a strong textural component.

Region
New Zealand > Marlborough

Alc.: 13.0 % ABV   |   RS: 2.2 g/l   |   TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vinification
The fruit was machine harvested at night or in the cool of the morning, gently crushed and pressed then fermented with a variety of aromatic yeast strains in stainless steel tanks - the sole aim being to reflect and preserve the flavours and aromas grown in the vineyard. 5% of the juice was fermented with a non-saccharomyces yeast. After fermentation, the wine was kept in contact with the lees for three months. This classic technique enhances creaminess and integrates flavours.

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Vintage
2019-2020

Designation
dry

Color
White

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Sauvignon Blanc

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Marlborough

Nautilus Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough - This wine is bright lemon colour with a hint of green. Exotic perfumes leap from the glass with vivacious aromas of passionfruit, lime peel and hints of fresh herbs. The palate is refreshing and intense, displaying crisp citrus notes and passionfruit flavours, this wine is well balanced and focused with crisp acidity and a long, juicy, mouth-watering finish.

Region
New Zealand > Marlborough

Alc.: 12.5 % ABV   |   RS: 2.4 g/l   |   TA: 7.0 g/l

Blend
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vinification
Made from grapes sourced principally from our own Opawa vineyard on Rapaura gravel soils, the fruit was machine harvested in the cool of the night and immediately pressed at the winery. A cool fermentation followed using an aromatic yeast, with a small portion being fermented in large oak cuve’s to add a textural element to the wine. After a short period on yeast lees the wine was clarified and filtered prior to bottling in September 2019.

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Vintage
2019-2020

Designation
dry

Color
White

Wine Type
Still wine

Awards
4 stars

Primary Variety
Sauvignon Blanc

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

About us

Company details

At Nautilus we like to keep things simple so we have a small (and friendly!) team. A small team means everyone can be fully involved in the winemaking from start to finish. It also means Clive, our winemaker, can spend his time in the winery making wine rather than managing a large team of people. It is a pretty hands-on approach.

Great winery facilities mean that we can pick our grapes when they are ripe rather than being governed by logistics and we have a great deal of control over things like the amount of extraction (the colour and flavour) we get out of the grape skins. 

Family ownership means we have the benefit of generations of experience through the highs and lows of wine-growing – our owner Robert Hill Smith is a fifth-generation vigneron – and also means that we take a long-term, cautious approach. We only make a change if we are really, really convinced it adds to the quality of what we do.

This philosophy is shared by our ‘brothers and sisters’ in the Family of Twelve. This is a group of 12 family-owned wineries that represents a selection of great wines from each of NZ’s winegrowing regions. We are extremely proud to be part of this group and enjoy sharing ideas and time with our extended family!

You can find more information about our winemaking and viticulture throughout this website, however feel free to drop us a line if you can’t find the information you are looking for – we will do our best to help!

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