Nautilus Estate ‘Cuvee Marlborough’ Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 01-Jul-2014
Approx. two-thirds Pinot Noir, with 6-7 g/L dosage, tiraged in 2010 and disgorged in March 2014. All the information you need is on the label. Bright straw-yellow colour with fine bead and good effervescence, The bouquet is softly full and well-integrated and harmonious, quite complete with fine stonefruit and hints of citrus, seamlessly melded with bready autolysis. Dry, tight and finely-textured with creamy, smooth flow, the detailing of stonefruits and yeastiness is subtle, and beautifully proportion, leading effortlessly to a lovely piquant and dry, refreshing, mouthwatering finish. Sheer class in bubbles, Nautilus is becoming more refined with each release. 19.0-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $42.95 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. This bottling Lot L901, bottled October 2009 and disgorged May 2013. 19.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $39.00 This sparkling wine has been one of the most consistent performers at the top level over many years, but this release (Lot 602) must be one of the very finest yet. Made from 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay sourced from three different sites, the fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and only the best free-run juice fermented with a Champagne yeast to 12.0% alc. The wine underwent full malolactic conversion and employs between 5-15% reserve wine, then aged 36 months on lees. Pale straw yellow in colour with a fine and persistent bead, this has an excellent rich bouquet showing Pinot Noir depth and power with layered, biscuity autolysis complexities. Dry on palate, with around 7 g/L dosage, the depth and concentration of flavour is a feature, the intensity a classic expression of Pinot Noir. This is allied to superb yeasty autolysis, nuances of toast and marmite increasing in intensity through the palate length. Yet the finesse of texture remains constant. This wine has a very long, softly dry and crisp finish. An outstanding sparkling wine to drink now, but will keep another 3-4 years if desired. 19.0/20 Dec 2010 RRP $39.00

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