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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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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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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