Claudia Yanez pouring Nautilus ‘Cuvee’ Methode Rose 2011
We watched the first processing of this year’s harvest at Nautilus with a glass of Nautilus ‘Cuvee Marlborough’ Methode Traditionnelle 2011 poured by cellar door manager Claudia Yanez in hand. This wine is the first rose under the Nautilus label, released to coincide with the celebration of the Royal N.Z. Ballet’s 60 years, which Nautilus supports. Disgorged in September 2013, this is beautiful pale pink, and has the deep core and richness on nose and palate, plus the body that 100% Pinot Noir provides. There’s richness, countered by dry complexity, from the 2 years on lees. Delectable drinking and a rarity with just 200 or so cases made, so well worth visiting the cellar door for. Sue couldn’t help herself, and leaped to the sorting table to assist. In the meantime, Clive devised a plan for viticulturist Mike Collins to take us on a tour to look at some of the Nautilus Estate vineyards, to keep us out of harm’s way, no doubt!
Sue Davies – at the sorting table with Pinot Noir