Serious Sauvignon Blanc – Machine vs Hand Pick?

***wine nerd alert*** This post is a bit geeky, but maybe of interest to some of my mates overseas studying for their MW exams. (I know your pain!). So everyone else, feel free to skip this one and head back to the foodie stuff we usually post. I read an interesting piece of research today – which confirmed what we and most other producers in…
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Serious Sauvignon Blanc Winemaking

I had to answer a question from Drinks Business magazine this week about how our Sauvignon Blanc winemaking style has evolved over the years. I thought it might be of interest to some of our international mates and supporters so have posted my reply here… As a regional style, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has undergone some evolution since it emerged in the mid 80’s with changes…
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A Mighty Meaty Feast at Cazador

Last Monday I finished work early and took a flight to Auckland. My mission: drive to Cazador in Balmoral for a Tasting Club dinner organised by the incredible girls from Gather and Hunt and the amazing family team at Cazador. What a night! At the door, Rebecca from Cazador welcomed me with a fab glass of our Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV, and I stepped through the…
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One little kiwi at the World of Pinot Noir, California

So World Of Pinot Noir (WOPN) was quite the experience for this little kiwi. Normally Clive and Katy get all the fun gigs but this was a case of right place, right time, and with David Strada from NZ Winegrowers working a little magic, and here I am at this amazing event. People here are so passionate about pinot (I’m feeling right at home!) and are…
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Marlborough’s Inaugural Pinot Safari

Was it more Stanley and Livingstone, or Dad’s Army? On Saturday the 2nd February, 30 intrepid explorers including winemakers, sommeliers and journalists set out to discover some of  Marlborough’s most beautiful pinot noir vineyards. Avoiding the valley floor and main roads, the route had been carefully planned (over a few beers one night) to start with a glass of Nautilus Cuvee at the Calrossie vineyard in the…
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CJ comparing this year's free run cuvee juice with the current release. Both pretty tasty, it seems!

Vintage 2013 Kicks Off!

Hi all, We kicking things off this morning with a small pick of Pinot Noir for Nautilus Cuvee.  We regard this as our ‘indicator’ block as it usually at least a week ahead of our next pick. This year we picked on the 6th March.  Apart from the very late vintage last year we have picked this block between the 3rd & 11th of March…
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Pinot Noir 2013

James Suckling: “@Timatkin @jamiegoode @stockwine …Marlborough is on a roll.” Pinot Noir 2013 involved 100 of NZ’s top pinot noir producers, and 350 or so international VIP guests for four days of tasting, eating, learning, partying and apparently doing bombs into Wellington harbour! For the first time the event was split into different “regional” venues and our very own CJ was el presidente of the…
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