These days Nautilus Estate is a premium wine brand on a world stage. Established in Marlborough in 1985, the success of this boutique family-owned winery is attributable in no small part to the stability of their talented and vastly experienced winemaking team. The value of knowledge accumulated over time regarding specific sites and their idiosyncracies is key. Indeed, longevity is where it’s at, with winemaker Clive Jones having ticked off 18 years on the Nautilus clock, while assistant winemaker Brett Bermingham and viticulturist Mike Collins have run their respective roles with finesse for the last 10. Fruit is harvested from over 70 hectares spread across six different Marlborough sites, providing the team with a diverse range of varietal parcels to draw upon. At Nautilus modern technology combines with traditional techniques in two small-scale, state-of-the-art wineries – a dedicated Pinot Noir facility established in 2000 and a new white wine winery completed in 2006. French oak is used extensively during fermentation and maturation. Small scale, high tech, the intent is serious, and so are the wines.