The winemaking facilities here at Nautilus Estate are absolutely state of the art, and in many respects are unique in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Nautilus Pinot Cellar
Completed in 2000, Nautilus Pinot Noir is made in a cellar solely dedicated to Pinot. 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 Nautilus White Winery
In 2006, we completed a new white wine making facility to process our 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.
Clive Jones - Winemaker/Winery Manager
Clive Jones joined Nautilus Estate as Winemaker in August 1998.
Clive is a graduate in wine science from Charles Sturt University and had spent the previous 6 years working for Selaks Wines in Auckland. Clive originally trained as an industrial chemist before being drawn to the wine industry as a passionate wine consumer.
With a background in the production of Marlborough wines, a move to the region and a pioneering producer such as Nautilus Estate provided the next step and a fantastic opportunity." Marlborough is really the heart of the New Zealand wine industry and what a great place to bring up a family."
Since joining Nautilus Estate, Clive has seen the development of the Nautilus Pinot Noir programme. A winemaking tour of Oregon was completed in 1999, with a focus on quality Pinot Noir production. In 2004 Clive worked the Burgundy vintage at Domaine Dujac. While Pinot Noir is providing an immediate stimulus, Clive is also passionate about Sauvignon Blanc. "It is great to see the distinctive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc flavours as they develop on the vine. Then we see them further emerge through fermentation and we can release a world class product three months later. A wine that is truly made on the vine."