Family-owned Marlborough winery, Nautilus Estate has said its ‘core focus’ has always been with the on-trade and its latest UK launch very much has them in mind.
'A core focus of Nautilus Estate has always been with the on-trade, no matter in which country our fine wines are being enjoyed,' Nautilus Estate managing director Clive Weston, told Imbibe.
'We have found that sommeliers around the world are becoming increasingly interested in regionality within Marlborough – so this provides them, and curious consumers, the opportunity to taste and enjoy distinct styles of Pinot Noir from the region.'
The winery has just announced the launched of two single vineyard wines into the UK market – the Awatere River Vineyard Pinot Noir and Clay Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir.
'We believe that these two wines display the type of characters we would expect from their sites, and show a sense of place and seriousness that will reward serious pinot-philes and collectors who are looking for wines to cellar,' Weston added.
In 2014, a small allocation of wines from its estate-owned Clay Hills and Awatere River Vineyards was produced. This is in addition to the multi-vineyard Southern Valleys Pinot Noir. Through experimentation with early plantings of Dijon clones and single site trials led to a rapid appreciation of the potential of this variety in the region, the winery said.
The 2000 vintage was processed through Nautilus Estate’s newly completed Pinot Noir winery and cellar – the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Clay Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 and Awatere River Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 both have a RRP of £35 for the independent on and off-trade and are distributed exclusively by Negociants UK.