Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Pinot gris
Vintage: 2011 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Nautilus Estates
Nautilus Estate, established in 1985, is a small, family-owned winery in the cool climate wine region of Marlborough. It is one of the few in the region that has remained under the same family ownership for over thirty vintages.
A few chilly spells in spring caused some sleepless nights and while there were no visits by Jack Frost to our blocks the cooler weather did influence flowering and only a moderate crop was set. While it was dry it was not overly hot so the grape vines enjoyed the sunshine and looked in good condition leading into harvest
Wine making :
The fruit was hand harvested and chilled overnight before being gently pressed and fermented with an aromatic yeast strain in stainless steel tanks - the sole aim being to reflect and preserve the flavours and aromas grown in the vineyard. A small portion was fermented in old oak barrels to provide a textural element. After fermentation, the wine was kept in contact with the lees for five months. This classic technique enhances creaminess and integrates the flavours.
There is a pale straw colour, with aromas of citrus blossom, fresh cut pears and delicate hints of five spice. The medium bodied palate shows concentrated pure fruit flavours with a bright, crisp and dry finish.
Food matching :
Soft shell crab in tempura batter with a lime-chilli dip.