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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Regional view point – Marlborough

These comments from Clive were published in NZ Winegrower, Oct/Nov 2015. Spring has sprung according to the new season’s asparagus shoots growing in my garden, although the 1st few days of spring have been wet and miserable.  At least the pruning is complete.  The outlook for the upcoming growing season looks challenging with predictions of a cool/variable spring followed by a full on El Nino…
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What’s new with the Nautilus team?

It’s been a busy few months for the Nautilus team. Sales and Marketing Manager Katy Prescott is back at work after 12 months’ maternity leave, with baby Archie the newest member of the team! Following a very effective tenure as chairman of the local winegrowers’ organisation Wine Marlborough, Winemaker and Winery Manager Clive Jones has recently been elected unopposed as a director of the national…
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Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV during August

August is blending month for the base wine of our Nautilus Cuvee.  First we assemble the 2015 vintage components, usually 2 Pinot Noir and 1 Chardonnay.  These wines have been through malolactic fermentation and have been sitting on their yeast lees since April. Over this time they deposit a lot of tartrate crystals on the side of the tank as you can see by the…
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Vintage 2015

  A few chilly nights in spring caused some sleepless nights and while there were no visits by Jack Frost to our blocks the cooler weather did influence flowering and only a moderate crop was set.  All the talk over summer was about drought and with the lowest rainfall in over 80 years recorded over summer the valley was looking extremely dry and a good…
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Putting a smile on peoples’ faces

Yes, they may have been dressed as superheroes, but that is all in a day’s work for “Flatman” and Kelly (aka Spiderman) who have each set up their own charity to make peoples’ lives a little happier, and have combined forces to tour NZ from South to North in an epic charity road trip. Flatman started out post the Christchurch earthquake – originally delivering care…
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Nautilus Estate Celebrates 30 Vintages

Last Monday, an intimate group of friends and colleagues joined us at Cazador restaurant in Auckland to celebrate 30 vintages of Nautilus Estate wines. Nautilus is proud to be one of the few Marlborough-based wineries that has remained under the same founding family ownership for 30 vintages. To mark the occasion, we pulled some old vintage wines from our cellar, and worked with Dariush and…
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Wellington food writer Laura Vincent suggests some more recipes to pair with Nautilus Estate wines at Hungryandfrozen.com

A wee while ago I featured a couple of recipes that Hungry and Frozen writer Laura Vincent had suggested to pair with Nautilus Estate Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV, and with Nautilus Vintage Rose 2011. Here are another couple of recipes she suggested which I can promise you are equally delicious! bread and butter chicken a recipe by myself recommended wine pairing: Nautilus Estate Vintage Rose 2011…
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