Nautilus Estate Museum Release Chardonnay 2017 (6 Bottles) Marlborough

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The 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the more challenging ones due the early arrival of rains. However the early ripening chardonnay was picked in outstanding condition and was tucked up in barrel well before any rain arrived. A relatively poor fruit set meant crops levels were slightly below normal which helped bring on an early harvest. Fruit from our own Renwick vineyard has been blended with Dijon clone 95 grown by Jim and Debbie Greer. These sites are stony and free draining, giving naturally low yields, fantastic depth of flavour and mineral structure. Forty percent of the 2017 blend is now from new Burgundian clonal plantings in our Renwick vineyard which nicely compliments our mature clone 15 on the same site.



About Nautilus Estate Wines

Our energetic and innovative viticultural and winemaking team takes the approach of blending several different fruit parcels to achieve layers of complexity in the wines, focusing on their texture and mouth-feel. Our state-of-the-art but small-scale winemaking facilities give them the tools to achieve this.

Whilst Nautilus wines can easily be enjoyed on their own, we believe they are even better when paired with delicious food and the philosophy of creating food-friendly wines is paramount for winemaker Clive Jones.

At Nautilus we like to keep things simple so we have a small (and friendly!) team. A small team means everyone can be fully involved in the winemaking from start to finish. It also means Clive, our winemaker, can spend his time in the winery making wine rather than managing a large team of people. It is a pretty hands-on approach.

Great winery facilities mean that we can pick our grapes when they are ripe rather than being governed by logistics and we have a great deal of control over things like the amount of extraction (the colour and flavour) we get out of the grape skins.

You can find more information about our winemaking and viticulture throughout this website, however feel free to drop us a line if you can’t find the information you are looking for – we will do our best to help!


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