Sip Spring with New Zealand Wines and Sommelier Jessica Altieri
5 Point Guide to Nautilus Estate with Sommelier Jessica Altieri
Award winning Sommelier Jessica Altieri gives you five fun facts to get to know Nautilus Estate Wines. Located in the heart of the Marlborough Region, Nautilus vineyard uses grapes from five different locations for their Pinot Noir to create layers of notes that synchronize in harmony. These different locations include grapes from the Clay Hills as the base of the wine along with the vineyards of the Awatere, Kaituna, Renwick and Yarrum.
With such a mix of specialized vineyards at the winery, you can be guaranteed to try the best of all of the vineyards at Nautilus with the different notes of berry varieties, chocolate, and spice. Staying true to following sustainable methods of producing wine, Nautilus has followed the Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand (SWNZ) for many years. One particular vineyard, Renwick, includes grapes that have been grown with very intense organic techniques.
Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc
This wine pairs well with light foods that have spicy or citrus flavours. Fresh seafood works particularly well. This Sauvignon has more weight and is softer but with longer acidity than many other Marlborough Sauvignons, and that should make it easier to match with food.
Nautilus Estate Pinot Noir
Here at Nautilus we like to pair our Pinot Noir with slightly gamey meat such as venison, duck or lamb, combined with some of the other flavours you can pick out from the wine – redcurrants or cherries when it is young, or truffles and mushrooms as it develops.
Nautilus Estate Chardonnay
Nautilus Chardonnay is another great food pairing wine – with good weight but in a dry style with fresh acidity.
Nautilus Estate Pinot Gris
This wine is dry and textural and is great for pairing with food. It has a slight gingery spice aroma which is really enhanced by certain food matches and its creamy weight means it can stand up to some fairly robust flavours.