Nautilus Estate Albariño 2021
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Nautilus Estate Albariño New Zealand 2021
Established in 1985, ‘Nautilus Estate’ is a small and family-owned winery based in Marlborough. It is one of the few wineries in the region (and country for that matter) that has stayed under the same family ownership for over three decades. This New Zealand gem of a winery likes to keep their team small as this enables everyone to be involved in the entire winemaking process from start to finish.
A Thoughtful Approach to Winemaking
Led by Head Winemaker Clive Jones for over 20 vintages, ‘Nautilus’ is an estate that put experience, knowledge and a thoughtful approach to winemaking at the forefront of what they do. They are of the belief that this approach has lead to the success and quality of the wines. An example of this was one of Clive’s reigning moments where ‘Nautilus’ created the first dedicated, gravity-flow Pinot Noir winery in the Southern Hemisphere in 2000.
Nautilus Estate’s Facilities
‘Nautilus’ has incredible winemaking facilities too which means they have the ability to pick grapes when they like as opposed to being dictated by logistics. This means a great deal of control over what they get out of the grapes which is a monumental success.
The Marlborough Region
Marlborough as a region has always been known for its Sauvignon Blanc, and ‘Nautilus’ flagship white varietal is no exception. The Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with citrus, fresh herbs and a mouthwatering palate. Nautilus now has six vineyards they select their grapes from and 5 other varietals we recommend trying when you can. Their Sparkling Cuvee, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris and vintage Rose.
For more information on Nautilus and their wines, visit their website.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal range far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere. Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made the switch to viticulture and the industry blossomed.
Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours, coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period, greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.
Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka, Fairhall, Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys – Marlborough’s original sites. The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in the regions ability to produce such a diverse range of wines.
Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland and benefit from the Wairau River running through, decreasing the need and frequency of irrigation. With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, the rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.
Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough’s most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield, meaning the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted. The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir, while the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.
As New Zealand’s largest wine region, housing around 77% of the countries vines and producing over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.