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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Time on our side

Well that was a vintage with a difference, 19 for me now and  I have never seen one like it. Tasting the ferments yesterday it is had to believe that two months ago we were preparing for the vintage from hell. At that stage we were looking at a near record late start and weather forecasts of a wet coool autumn. Instead, the heavens opened only for endless…
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