Sleeper vintages – every vintage is not the same!

One of the great things about wine is that every new release is the result of the unique conditions from that growing season. While there will be some consistency from year to year rooted in the terroir and the house winemaking style, every wine is invariably a snapshot of the year in which it was grown. One of the challenges we face as winemakers is…
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Nautilus Bubbles

***Nerd alert*** The technical side of methode traditionnelle sparkling wine.

This week we are disgorging the latest batch of our much beloved Nautilus Cuvee.  Disgorging is the last step in the process to prepare the wine for release and this particular batch was blended & bottled (“tiraged” is the technical term) in 2009.  The wine is a blend based principally on the 2009 vintage with a small amount of older reserve wine to give additional complexity…
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Clay Hills 2013 comp

Vintage 2013 Report

A relatively cool start to the season made for a few nights on frost patrol but we were lucky and no real damage was done.  The rest of spring & summer went very much according to plan with the accumulation of growing degree days (GDD) looking remarkably normal. Then after Xmas suddenly all the talk was of drought.  This meant angst for the dairy farmers…
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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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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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Nautilus Pinot & Silere Merino

Last week I had the privilege of attending a 6 course degustation dinner featuring Silere alpine origin merino.  Yes not only do these high country sheep produce remarkable wool but they taste pretty good as well.  Hosted by Silere at Hummingbird Eatery & Bar in Wellington with the very talented Chef Glen Taylor in the kitchen we were in for a treat.  Over the 6…
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Pinot Palooza Melbourne

I spent last week across the ditch in Melbourne & Sydney talking up all things Nautilus.  The excuse to go was the inaugural ‘Pinot Palooza’ in Melbourne – a Pinot Noir tasting extravaganza hosted by Dam Sims & Ben Edwards. This funky event featured a great sound track, Pinot princesses and roadies as helpers & a ‘rock star’ style guide for all the Pinots featured – is your Pinot David…
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CJ received Spieglau Chardonnay trophy

Trophy for Nautilus Chardonnay

I was delighted to collect the chardonnay trophy for our 2011 Nautilus chardonnay at the Speiglau Wine Competiton on friday night.  From 177 entries the judges (with impeccable taste I must say) found our wine top – interestingly the other 6 gold medals also went to Marlborough chardonnays.  I do think quality chardonnay grown in Marlborough is underated and too often overlooked.  Gone are the…
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UK winemakers tour

I am almost home from a hectic 2 week tour of the UK, with a small group of antipodian winemakers (2 kiwis, 4 aussies) and what a great 2 weeks it has been.  Travelling from Edinburgh to Manchester to London to Bristol then Glasgow, Whitby, Dartmouth and back to London showing off the wines of Nautilus Estate. This was the 1st time we have had…
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UK Winemaker’s Tour September 2012

I always love coming to the UK – my English parents immigrated to New Zealand in the 50’s so our family has a lot of connections there and every time I visit, London feels more familiar and welcoming. NZ and the UK have so much in common (love of fish and chips, rugby, and Olympic rowing success) that trips to the UK are enjoyable rather…
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