Vintage Report 2016

Prior to Christmas all the talk was about drought.  Fruit set was good but would we have enough water to get through the season and what effect would this have on bunch size.  Certainly the river was low.  But of course Mother Nature intervened and a couple of timely rains in January during the critical cell division phase when the berries size up meant that…
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ABC to BBC

Last week we attended the annual Australia & New Zealand winemaker’s tour road show run by our distributors, Negociants New Zealand.  This 4 city whirlwind trip involves a bunch of Ozzie & NZ winemakers showing of their wines & certainly a fun time is had by all.  Each day started with a series of master classes and Nautilus Chardonnay featured in the master class ‘ABC…
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Vintage 2014 Report

A mild spring and warm & settled December resulted in a good fruit set and higher than average cropping levels.  Considerable fruit thinning was carried out across all varieties to ensure the vines were balanced. Throughout spring and early summer the season was warmer than average and we were anticipating an early vintage.  Post-Christmas temperatures were more normal but we still managed our earliest start…
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Nautilus Cellar door wine tasting

Marlborough is a top visitor attraction

Visiting Nautilus and the other cellar doors in Marlboroug is a great way to pass a day, so it is hardly surprising to see the latest results published by travel website TripAdvisor: Blenheim has been voted one of the top four visitor destinations in New Zealand by TripAdvisor. The travel website announced its top destinations for 2014 last week, with Blenheim jumping from 10th spot…
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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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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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MÉTHODE MARLBOROUGH LAUNCHED

As a long standing producer of quality sparkling wine in the form of Nautilus Estate Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV, we take our fizz very seriously. As such, Nautilus Estate is very proud to be one of the founding members of “Méthode Marlborough” - a society formed to communicate the quality and heritage of Marlborough traditional method sparkling wines. The society launched 1 September and comprises the following nine members:- Allan…
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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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