Nautilus Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2017
Rich ruby in colour with fragrant floral aromas, ripe wild blackberries, plums and spices. The palate is medium-bodied with good structure. Refined and balanced, this elegant wine shows good intensity and a lengthy finish. Back to Nautilus Wine
Nautilus Southern Valleys is a 100% Pinot Noir from Nautilus Estate's vineyards located in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough. Hand harvested fruit was destemmed without crushing and a small amount of whole bunch fruit was also included in some ferments. The grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast in open top fermenters after a 6 to 8 day cold soak. Careful cap management using a 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. Rich ruby in colour with fragrant floral aromas, ripe wild blackberries, plums and spices. The palate is medium-bodied with good structure. Refined and balanced, this elegant wine shows good intensity and a lengthy finish. Back to Nautilus Wine
94 Points, James Suckling, 13th August 2019. Boldness and refinement at work here; it really impresses with rich dark cherries, boldly spicy oak and a very attractively focused and punchy drive on the palate. Drink now, but better in a few years. Screw cap.
95 Points, Cameron Douglas MS, September 2020. Complex and immediately engaging bouquet with aromas of black currant, raspberry and dark cherry. Baking spices of vanilla and old clove and plenty of toasty French oak. Equally complex on the palate, youthful too with firm young tannins and medium+ acidity. A core of red berry fruits remains persistent, varietal and pure. Long finish. A wine for the cellar, food and sharing from today and through 2029+.
94 Points, Bob Campbell, The Real Review, September 2020. A blend of wines from two hillside vineyards in the Southern Valleys. Fermented with 20% whole bunches. Fine-grained pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, violet and dried herb flavours, together with an initial hint of struck-match that quickly dissipates.
4 ½ Stars, Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide, New Zealand Wines 2020. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) was matured in French oak barrels (30 per cent new). Deeply coloured, with a fragrant, slightly earthy bouquet, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with rich cherry, plum and spice flavours and fresh acidity. A powerful, very youthful wine, it should be at its best 2023+
Rich ruby colour with fragrant floral aromas, ripe wild blackberries, plums and spices. Medium-bodied with good structure, refined and elegant with good intensity; very well-balanced, and a nice lengthy finish.