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  We began making Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay in 1989 buying grapes from a vineyard in Renwick. The fruit held such promise we bought the vineyard shortly afterward. Despite this early potential, it was undoubtedly a challenging beginning for Chardonnay in our portfolio.  We struggled with inferior clonal selection, high yields and faulty corks – you name it. So in the late 90’s we decided to…
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A Perfect Platter

The expression ‘you eat with your eyes first’ is certainly true when creating the ultimate platter. Our friends at Città share their tips on how to curate a cheese platter feast, together with our perfect wine pairings. 1. Perfect pairings First thing’s first, choose your cheese and wine pairings carefully so the flavours work together in perfect harmony. Luckily in New Zealand, we have artisans…
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Winter’s Bounty

You may associate cold days with rich, heavy food, but Kelly Gibney shows us a brilliant way with winter veges that brings the warmth without the weightiness. The flavoursome richness of this dish plays beautifully with Nautilus Chardonnay. The cauliflower rice ensures it doesn’t feel too too heavy. A great meal to take you from winter through to spring. Serve with whatever vegetables takes your…
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Vintage Report 2017

There is no doubt that 2017 was a year where we had to push things to the limits to make the best possible wines, and the experience of the crew really paid off. In a good year anyone can make good wines, however the more challenging years can be just as rewarding for a quality-focused producer and we are very proud of the wines we…
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Bringing Winter to Life

5 tips for perfecting your midwinter feast During shorter days, we turn inside and make the home a focus for entertaining and socialising with friends and family. Feed the soul with a midwinter feast: decadent wining and dining, with a cosy atmosphere to melt away winter chills. Here are 5 tips for making your midwinter feast look as good as it tastes from the interior…
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Winter Soul Food

Author, home cook, and all round lovely person Kelly Gibney has created two warming family meals to match our limited release, single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Asian spiced lamb shoulder w/ rice noodles & quick pickled cucumber Serves 6 Deeply warming and beautifully spiced, this succulent lamb shoulder is paired with thick rice noodles and the bright flavours of pickled cucumbers. With just the right amount…
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The Dark Horse

For the past 30 years, Sauvignon Blanc has been the undisputed heavyweight of the Marlborough wine region, but in recent years another varietal, Pinot Noir, has quietly been building a following of its own. With a market share that’s growing steadily, it seems the voice of Marlborough Pinot Noir is finally being heard.   The New Zealand regions most often associated with Pinot Noir are…
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Vintage Report 2016

Prior to Christmas all the talk was about drought.  Fruit set was good but would we have enough water to get through the season and what effect would this have on bunch size.  Certainly the river was low.  But of course Mother Nature intervened and a couple of timely rains in January during the critical cell division phase when the berries size up meant that…
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Paul Fleming (Negociants UK) and Jonathan Grosenhauser (Momofuku Toronto) enjoying the vintage train ride

Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Conference in Marlborough

“Without an open desire to have a second gulp, Sauvignon Blanc isn’t doing its job properly,” said British wine personality Oz Clarke at the recent InternationalSauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough. Australian commentator Nick Stock adds: “For a category of wine that is often dismissed as a simple one trick pony, largely on the basis of immense international popularity, there is actually a wealth of interest and…
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Sparkling wine for Christmas

In the run up to Christmas, everyone’s attention seems to turn to sparkling wines, and that is certainly the case at Nautilus, where our two sparkling wines, the Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV and the Nautilus Vintage Rose are some of New Zealand’s best loved bubbles. On Saturday 21st November, Nautilus was part of the Methode Marlborough “Evening of Vintages” – a 5 course dinner…
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