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Stephen George grew up amongst the grape vines, very near the hamlet of Reynella and the nascent Skillogalee in Valley Clare. Both salubrious sites which were originally planted to vine by George senior in 1970. Stephen's pioneering work at Ashton Hills was a major catalyst for the development of Adelaide Hills as an internationally renowned wine growing region. Along with the eminent Brian Croser, Stephen was one of the principals who placed Adelaide Hills on the map, resolved to produce the best Pinot Noir in the country and bring global fame to the Adelaide Hills Piccadilly Pinot style... From the misty chills of ashton hills»
There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the Brunello commune of Montalcino. Whole bunches and wild ferments in the like of ancient clay urns, hand plunged in the old world.. Brockett begets the best of bellarine»

Nautilus Clay Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
The Clay Hills are six unique blocks of varied sloping clay aspects, planted to a ridge which divides Brancott and Omaka Valleys in southern Marlborough. A mixture of stemmed and whole bunch fruit are treated to eighteen days of cold soak and a spontaneous, wild indigenous yeast ferment, pressed and settled into a high proportion of new French oak barriques for eleven months maturation. This very special site sets the benchmark which inspires the dedicated Nautilus vineyard teams to emulate the excellence of Clay Hills Pinot Noir.
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Nautilus Estate wines are carefully crafted to be at their absolute best when they eventually find their way into the glass

When Nautilus Estate wins an award, that’s all very well, but the Nautilus winemakers aim is to ensure the absolute enjoyment of the wine. Modern technology and traditional techniques have been deftly combined in the state-of-the-art wine making facilities by the talented winemaking team. The resultant wines are stylish and individual, so much so that Nautilus Estate wines are exported to over 30 countries around the world.

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Over the past few years, Nautilus Estate has continued to expand and develop its vineyards with 2006 seeing the introduction of the Nautilus VSP pruning system – a world first. Ongoing research into the best combination of the preference of different clones for different sites continues to improve the fruit characters and aroma intensity of our fruit. Nautilus now have over twenty-four hectares of Pinot Noir planted in vineyards throughout the Marlborough region, in a variety of clones including AM10/5, the Pommard clones 5 and 6 and the Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777

Nautilus Estate's Renwick Vineyard comprises seven hectares of classic stony 'Rapaura' soils, planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This mature vineyard provides key blending components to both Nautilus Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Nautilus also holds ten hectares of picturesque glacial river terraces on the Awatere River, planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. First planted in 1992, this low yielding vineyard is characterised by intense fruit flavours and fine aromatics. Harvest is typically 7-10 days behind the Wairau valley.

The estate's Opawa Vineyard is located on Rapaura Road, this 25-hectare vineyard was planted between 2001 and 2003 principally in Sauvignon Blanc to help meet the insatiable international demand for Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc. One and a half hectares of Pinot Noir have also been planted to continue our development program with this variety. Part of the block is an area of river gravels that were once part of the old Opawa river flood plain.

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In January 2004, Nautilus Estate purchased its fourth vineyard, located within 5 minutes drive of the winery across the Wairau River at Kaituna. This twenty hectare block was planted in 2002 and 2003 in Pinot Noir (1.5 Ha) and Sauvignon Blanc (17 Ha). Although it is in close proximity to our Opawa and Renwick vineyards, the site is cooler and we can expect a later harvest. This in turn will result in a different set of aromas and flavours and a new blending component for our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, delivering another layer of complexity in the finished wine.

5.5 hectares of mature Pinot Noir was planted at the Nautilus Estate Clay Hills vineyard between 1999 to 2003 with a good selection of premium clones: UDC5, 114, 115, 667 and 777. This site is located on an elevated hillside on the Eastern Omaka Valley and was puchased by Nautilus Estate in 2007. Viticulturalist Mike Collins says "With our existing company vineyards on the Wairau Valley floor and in the Awatere, already producing trophy winning Pinot Noir, the one thing we lacked was a premium southern valleys hillside site. The Clay Hills Vineyard fits the bill perfectly and will add great mid palate structure and texture to Nautilus Pinot Noir"

All the equipment used here is only for Pinot, all designed to handle the fruit as gently as possible and allow the natural intense flavours and aromas – the expression of the different vineyards to come to the fore. The tanks have both heating and cooling capacity, enabling us to cold soak prior to fermentation and warm or cool ferments as necessary. The crusher is mounted on a rail above the tanks and a 'Taylors' bin lifter is used to elevate the fruit and feed the crusher/destemmer. The fruit is destemmed directly into the tanks avoiding the use of a must pump.

In 2006, Nautilus completed a new white wine making facility to process the Sauvignon Blanc, Cuvee, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. This facility is absolutely state of the art, allowing precise control of the winemaking process and improving the environmental footprint of the winery by reducing energy requirements and waste. All tanks are insulated for precise temperature control and energy efficiency, with the ability to process 10% on the entire vintage intake on a single day (if required)

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