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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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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Regional view point – Marlborough

These comments from Clive were published in NZ Winegrower, Oct/Nov 2015. Spring has sprung according to the new season’s asparagus shoots growing in my garden, although the 1st few days of spring have been wet and miserable.  At least the pruning is complete.  The outlook for the upcoming growing season looks challenging with predictions of a cool/variable spring followed by a full on El Nino…
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Vintage 2015

  A few chilly nights in spring caused some sleepless nights and while there were no visits by Jack Frost to our blocks the cooler weather did influence flowering and only a moderate crop was set.  All the talk over summer was about drought and with the lowest rainfall in over 80 years recorded over summer the valley was looking extremely dry and a good…
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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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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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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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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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Chopper swirls warm air down to mix with colder air sitting underneath

The Frost Chronicles – a winemaker’s perspective

The sight of bud burst at the start of spring is something we all look forward to during the cold long winter here in Marlborough. We can dust off the shorts and start wondering what Mother Nature will bring us this year to work with at the winery. It also happens to be when Mike our viticulturist starts to look a little edgy and is…
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