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Over the past few years, both in our own vineyards and with the support of our growers, 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. For example, we 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 Renwick Vineyard

Nautilus Estate Renwick VineyardSeven 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 Estate Awatere River Vineyard

Nautilus Estate Awatere ValleyTen hectares of picturesque glacial river terraces, 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.

 

Nautilus Estate Opawa Vineyard

Nautilus Estate Opawa VineyardLocated 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.

 

Nautilus Estate Kaituna Vineyard

Nautilus Estate Kaituna VineyardIn 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.

 

Nautilus Estate Clay Hills

Nautilus Estate Clay Hills5.5 hectares of mature Pinot Noir was planted here 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."

 

Nautilus Estate Lanark Lane Vineyard

Nautilus Estate Lanark LaneNautilus purchased the Lanark Lane vineyard, 12 hectares of established Sauvignon Blanc in 2008. This site is solely planted with Sauvignon Blanc and is situated further upstream in the gravely Wairau Valley.

 

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