Nautilus "Cuvee Marlborough" Methode Traditionelle Brut
This wine is an enduring favourite. It achieves a perfect blend of of zesty citrus freshness with delicate nutty/toasty complexity from yeast autolysis and bottle development. The wine has lovely purity and balance. Everything I expect from a top Methode ... and more. It has an ethereal texture and an aromatic or perfumed character that I associate with champagne.
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim with a very fine bead, moderate in persistence. The nose is very elegant in presentation, tightly bound with a fresh interplay of refined Pinot Noir yellow stonefruits and bread-yeast autolysis. This has finesse, intensity and youthful beauty to the bouquet. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, fresh, and fine yellow and white stonefruit aromas form a tight core with interwoven bready autolysis, sweet florals and nutty elements. The mouthfeel is clean, crisp and creamy with delicate effervescence combining with the acidity, to flow effortlessly to a fine-textured and dry finish with gentle yeasty nuances. This is a beautifully poised and refined method traditionnelle with refined Pinot Noir fruit and bready autolysis. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés or seafood over the next 3+ years. 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from three sites, the fruit hand-picked, WBP and fermented to 12.0% alc. and 7.0 g/L dosage, the base wine undergoing MLF, having 5-15% reserve wine added and aged on lees a minimum of 36 months.
Seamless. Just one word can be used to describe this outstanding sparkling wine. And it is one of the most consistent New Zealand wines, of any style. A cracking good methode traditionnelle, the wine was disgorged after three years (that's longer than most Champagnes). The bouquet is beautifully fragrant showing citrus and yeasty characters with hints of white peach and floral. It's exquisitely textured on the palate with bright acidity providing a lovely crisp finish that seems to linger on forever. Lovely drink as always. Immensely appealing and highly satisfying.
Very serious sparkling wine from NZ. Nautilus Estate is one of a few producers that long ago recognized NZ's potential for producing world-class bubbles and have set about proving it! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ WineBuyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The Nautilus Cuvee 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. Three vineyard sites are managed to produce fruit for Nautilus Cuvee, giving us a range of flavour influences. All grapes are hand picked and whole bunch pressed with only the finest free run juice reserved. The individual base wines are fermented with a selected champagne yeast and left of lees until undergoing a full malolactic fermentation in the traditional Champenoise style. Blending typically occurs in September, and at this stage a portion of reserve wine is introduced to add complexity and character to the Cuvee in a traditional non vintage style. Typically between 5% and 15%, the reserve wine, consisting of base wine held back from previous vintages, is used. The blend is then bottled and undergoes a secondary fermentation before being aged for a minimum of 36 months prior to disgorging and release."