Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 13-Feb-2011
Pinot Noir is a passion for winemaker Clive Jones and his team, and their work is facilitated by a purpose-built Pinot Noir Cellar completed in 2000, where all the activities for this variety are conducted. The major factor in the leap in quality and style of the Nautilus Pinot Noir no doubt comes from the growing maturity of the company's two vineyards on the clay slopes of the southern Wairau Valley. This fruit is supplemented by grapes from the Awatere Valley and Wairau Valley floor, contributing to flavour breadth. This 2009 wine was made from clones 114, 115, 5, 667 and 777, 100% destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc. The wine was then aged in French oak for nearly a year. Deep ruby red in colour, this has youthful purple hues. On nose, the wine has deep, bright raspberry, black cherry and dark plum aromas with oak spiciness adding interest. The palate is fresh, lively and racy with its dark berry fruit flavours enhanced by good acidity. Soft, supple tannins support the palate, providing balanced structure. Though already very attractive, the wine is still tight, having depth and concentration, and promising to develop and reveal more over the next 4-5 years. Serve with Asian duck and Middle Eastern dishes. 18.5-/20 Dec 2010 RRP $39.00

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