Twin Islands, Opawa and Nautilus 2015 White Releases

Established in 1985 and intertwined with Robert Hill Smith of Yalumba fame, Nautilus Estate is one of Marlborough’s most respected wine producers. General manager and winemaker Clive Jones has the expertise of viticulturist Mike Collins and assistant winemaker Brett Bermingham in crafting classical Marlborough styles with finesse and elegance from the company’s six vineyards with supplementary fruit from contract growers. The acquisition and development of the vineyards has been careful and considered.

The company’s ‘Awatere’ vineyard, planted in 1992 is 10 ha in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Nautilus purchased the 5.5 ha ‘Clay Hills’ vineyard in 2007, with mature Pinot Noir vines planted between 1999 and 2004. The 20 ha ‘Kaituna’ vineyard was purchased in 2004, being planted in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 2002 and 2003. The ‘Lanark Lane’ vineyard with 12 ha of established Sauvignon Blanc was purchased in 2008. The ‘Opawa’ vineyard was established between 2001 and 2003, and its 25 ha is planted to Sauvignon Blanc and includes 1.5 ha of Pinot Noir. The ‘Renwick’ vineyard was the company’s first vineyard, purchased in 1992, and has Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with smaller parcels of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner and Albarino.

The Nautilus team release wines under the ‘Twin Islands’, ‘Opawa’ and ‘Nautilus Estate’ labels, all well-established in the marketplace domestically and internationally. Here, I review a selection of white wines from the 2015 vintage.


  • Twin Islands Marlborough Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Brut NV
  • Twin Islands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Opawa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Nautilus Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Nautilus Estate Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2015
  • Nautilus Estate Marlborough Albarino 2015

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