Value Pick

This is fast becoming one of Marlborough’s top Chardonnays

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Grape: 100% Chardonnay
  • Special Feature: Vegan Friendly

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Regions : Marlborough

This is fast becoming one of Marlborough’s top Chardonnays

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Nautilus Estate Chardonnay has become one of your favourites over the past few vintages, so it is always with interest we await a new vintage release. This 2018 will have you smiling. We think it rates alongside the Trophy winning 2016 in quality. Winemaker Clive Jones avoids the over-use of sulphates, so there is no funkiness – just brilliant golden fruits (nectarine and peach) and nutty savouriness. Rounded and complete on the palate – a very satisfying wine.

Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…

Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 (2017 Vintage)

5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"A beautifully styled chardonnay, the inviting bouquet shows rockmelon, lemon peel, nougat, brioche and vanilla characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and weight, elegantly framed by fine texture and creamy mouthfeel, finishing persistent and engaging. Wonderfully balanced and harmonious with fabulous complexity. At its best: 2019 to 2024."

5 Stars & 19.0-/20 (95) Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with good depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and finely proportioned with rich, ripe and deep fruit aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit and yellow stonefruits entwined with a layer of mealy complexity, showing creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and fine, lifted lemon-curd MLF nuances and a whiff of smoke. This has excellent complexity and detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with luscious and succulent flavours of ripe citrus fruit and tropical fruits entwined with a layer of creamy barrel-ferment, nutty, toasty oak and lemon-curd and buttery MLF. The flavours are bright, lively and mouthfilling, and the wine flows along a light, phenolic-textured line, with fresh, crisp, lacy acidity providing energy and tension. The flavours carry to a long and sustained finish. This is a rich and succulently sweet-fruited Chardonnay with citrus, tropical and stonefruit flavours layered with creamy, toasty oak in an amalgam with lemon-curd and buttery MLF on a fine, refreshing palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of new Burgundy clones fruit with clone 15 from the company’s ‘Renwick’ vineyard with clone 95 fruit from the ‘Greer’ vineyard, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and 80% MLF."

4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Already delicious, the 2017 vintage was hand-harvested and fermented and lees-stirred in oak casks (25 per cent new). Very open and expressive in its youth, it is bright, light lemon/green, with mouthfilling body, generous, citrusy, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, fresh acidity, and excellent complexity and harmony. Best drinking 2020+."

18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, DrinksBiz Magazine, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"If new wave Chardonnay with the creamy, recognisable flavours of old is your goal, look no further than Nautilus. Winemaker Clive Jones has fashioned a dry, fullbodied, age-worthy wine from grapes grown on the winery’s Renwick vineyard. Concentration is the name of the game in this richly tasty Chardonnay. It was 100% barrel fermented in French oak, 20% of which was new. Drinks well now and history suggests it can age for 8-10 years and then some."

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