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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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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New Year’s Traditions at Nautilus Estate

Now that everyone is back at the winery after their Christmas holidays it has been really interesting exchanging stories about what everyone got up to. Obviously there have been some New Year’s Resolutions… Clive Weston, our general manager, resolves never to be without a chilled bottle of Nautilus in the fridge ready for unexpected visitors. Paul Mcphee our viticultural technician resolves to lower his gold…
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Ballet Banquet part 2

Here is the video from the Ballet Banquet. It is so beautiful I had to repost…  

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The Ballet Banquet

Nautilus Estate has proudly sponsored the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) now for a number of years. This year, in the RNZB’s 60th anniversary year, we wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate this amazing national treasure – today arguably at its height. Over a cheeky glass of Nautilus or two with Morven McAuley from Antipodes Water Company, the idea of the Ballet…
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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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Negociants International Visit Nautilus Estate

The wonderful team at Negociants International do a great job of representing our wines in countries as far flung as the Philippines, Mongolia, The Netherlands, South Africa, and Mexico. You would think with all that travelling they might want to have a few quiet nights at home between sales visits, but somehow we managed to persuade them to spend their weekend with us at Nautilus…
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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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