Simplicity Reigns

6 tips for picnic perfection from Città Daylight savings and bright spring weather has us dreaming of lazy summer afternoons, with good food, wine and great company. Enhance these delicious flavours in the fresh air and sunshine by preparing the ultimate summer picnic. Prepare for picnic season with tips from Città Stylist Sam van Kan on creating a luxurious spread for you, friends and family.…
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Lunch on the Lawn

Blossoms, bees and bubbles are an ideal way to celebrate the arrival of warmer days, Kelly Gibney offers two divine recipes – the perfect match for a glass of Nautilus Vintage Rose on a spring afternoon. The Ultimate Picnic Salad Serves 4 generously This salad is very loosely inspired by a classic niscoise salad. It’s so full of delicious ingredients it can be all you…
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An Exquisite Rose

Fantastic sparkling wine has always been an important part of our winemaking at Nautilus Estate, winning many awards and trophies. Making sparkling wines is a more complex process than traditional still wines but one that we have learned a lot about over the years. One of the distinguishing characteristics of our renowned Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV is that it is a Pinot Noir dominant…
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View From the Top

  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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