The Twelve Wines of Christmas

Howdy. What a great year it’s been.With two “champion wine of show” trophies on display at the cellar door, there has been lots to celebrate and Christmas 2013 will be a perfect excuse to kick back and enjoy some pretty special wines. Of course it won’t just be Nautilus that we’re drinking – an important part of being a winemaker is to “benchmark” our wines…
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One from the bucket list – Champion Wine of Show at the Air NZ Wine Awards.

On Saturday night at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner I had the privilege of collecting both the trophy for best sparkling wine and the Champion Wine of Show for our Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV.  Collecting the Best sparking trophy was exciting enough but to get the Champion Wine of the show took it to a whole new level – that was definitely…
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Wellingtons in Auckland

Nautilus Estate Pinot Noir 2011 was served at a recent masterclass organised by Cuisine magazine. The title of the masterclass was “Stress-free entertaining with Gareth Stewart” and was attended by about 160 avid foodies. Nautilus Pinot Noir was delicious partnered with Gareth’s Venison Wellingtons and there were many favourable comments on this particular match. Both the dish and the wine had a subtle combination of…
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A Chardonnay Vertical Tasting

Last Friday we conducted a little tasting of our previous Chardonnay vintages. The occasion? Selecting three vintages for a Chardonnay masterclass organised by the Family of Twelve early in 2014. We will be in some pretty illustrious company with Chardonnay specialists Kumeu River rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ata Rangi, Neudorf, Pegasus Bay and Felton Road. Since the Cloudy Bay winemaking team happened to…
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Marlborough Wine Weekend

Trade and media guests saw Marlborough at its best a couple of weeks ago for the biannual Marlborough Wine Weekend. Nautilus featured strongly throughout the event with the Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV included in the Methode Marlborough seminar and the Nautilus Chardonnay 2012 featured in the Marlborough Chardonnay masterclass. Both of these sessions focused on styles that are perhaps the underrated stars of the region…
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Nautilus Estate Vintage Rosé launched

Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV has long been regarded as one of NZ’s top sparkling wines. This NV is so good that we have resisted the temptation to produce a vintage wine as we just don’t see how we could make it any better. However recently we got thinking about something a little different and Wednesday 16th October saw the launch of our new vintage sparkling…
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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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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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Dine & Family of Twelve “Finale” Winemaker’s Dinner – Best of the South Island

 The Family of Twelve, twelve of New Zealand’s most highly regarded, family owned, wineries have been running a series of winemaker’s dinners at the popular Dine by Peter Gordon restaurant in the Sky City complex in Auckland. These events have been so successful that the wineries are back for a two part finale. The “Best of the North Island” dinner will take place on Wednesday…
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