Nautilus Southen Valleys Pinot Noir 2014 – SOUTHEN VALLEY PINOT NOIR
The 2014 Nautilus Pinot Noir is dark ruby in colour. The nose reveals fragrant
floral aromas, ripe wild blackberries, plums and spices. The palate is medium
bodied with good structure. Refined and balanced, this elegant wine shows
good intensity and a lengthy finish.
A mild spring and warm & settled December resulted in a good fruit set and
higher than average cropping levels so considerable fruit thinning was carried
out to ensure the vines were balanced. Throughout spring and early summer
the season was warmer than average and we were anticipating an early vintage.
Post-Christmas temperatures were more normal but we still managed our
earliest start for Pinot Noir on 2nd March and we had all of our premium Pinot
picked before a brief rainfall on 16th March. A feature of the vintage is the fine
tannin structure that has resulted in a soft, generous Pinot Noir.
W I N E M A K I N G
To make this wine, fruit from Pinot Noir clones 114, 115, 5, 667, 777 and Abel
was hand harvested and de-stemmed without crushing to allow a portion of
whole berries in the ferment. A small amount of whole bunch fruit was also
included in some ferments (average 13.3% whole bunch).
The grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast in open top fermenters after
a 6-8 day ‘cold soak’. Careful cap management, using our pneumatic punch
down device, has resulted in extraction of only the soft ripe tannins. After
pressing the wine was racked directly to a mixture of new and older French oak
Barriques, where it remained undisturbed until filtration and bottling in March
The primary fruit components showing in the wines youth will further
develop and integrate over the next five years as the wine matures.
IDEAL FOOD MATCH
Beautiful accompanied by Venison with Star Anise