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2014 Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir

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They're doing very good things with Pinot Noir at Nautilus - taking what was once a juicy, ripe and open style and making it more serious and more grown up. They're onto a winning formula too, judging by this rather successful release.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaker's Notes: The 2014 Nautilus Pinot Noir is dark ruby in colour. The nose reveals 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.

Vintage: A mild spring and warm & settled December resulted in a good fruit set and higher than average cropping levels so considerable fruit thinning was carried out to ensure the vines were balanced. Throughout spring and early summer the season was warmer than average and we were anticipating an early vintage. Post-Christmas temperatures were more normal but we still managed our earliest start for Pinot Noir on 2nd March and we had all of our premium Pinot picked before a brief rainfall on 16th March. A feature of the vintage is the fine tannin structure that has resulted in a soft, generous Pinot Noir.

Winemaking: 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 13.3% 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 2015.

Cellaring: The primary fruit components showing in the wines youth will further develop and integrate over the next five years as the wine matures.

Ideal Food Match: Beautiful accompanied by venison with star anise.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2014 Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Bob Campbell MW (2014 Vintage) says
Supremely elegant Pinot Noir with floral, violet, cherry, liquorice, anise, coffee and spicy oak flavours. Taut and slightly closed at this stage with obvious cellaring potential. An attractive wine with concealed power.
2016 - 2024
95
James Suckling (2014 Vintage) says
Gently perfumed and showing some nice, fresh, sappy florals on the nose. The palate's cut in with crisp tannins and is shell-like and long.
Drink by 2020
93
Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage) says
Bright, fresh and elegant Pinot Noir with dark cherry, wood smoke, liquorice, violet and spicy oak flavours. An appealing wine with energy and drive. Reasonably accessible now but should develop well in bottle.
2017 - 2023
95

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