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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Nautilus Bubbles

***Nerd alert*** The technical side of methode traditionnelle sparkling wine.

This week we are disgorging the latest batch of our much beloved Nautilus Cuvee.  Disgorging is the last step in the process to prepare the wine for release and this particular batch was blended & bottled (“tiraged” is the technical term) in 2009.  The wine is a blend based principally on the 2009 vintage with a small amount of older reserve wine to give additional complexity…
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Serious Sauvignon Blanc – Machine vs Hand Pick?

***wine nerd alert*** This post is a bit geeky, but maybe of interest to some of my mates overseas studying for their MW exams. (I know your pain!). So everyone else, feel free to skip this one and head back to the foodie stuff we usually post. I read an interesting piece of research today – which confirmed what we and most other producers in…
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Serious Sauvignon Blanc Winemaking

I had to answer a question from Drinks Business magazine this week about how our Sauvignon Blanc winemaking style has evolved over the years. I thought it might be of interest to some of our international mates and supporters so have posted my reply here… As a regional style, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has undergone some evolution since it emerged in the mid 80’s with changes…
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Southern Pinot Noir Workshop 2013

Every year, 100 Pinot Noir winemakers from NZ’s South Island get together to talk Pinot. This isn’t the usual wine buff type talk of “scents of wild raspberries on a warm summer’s evening…” that you’ve heard a million times before. No, this is the real technical nitty gritty. Over the course of 4 days, the winemakers blind taste 100 trial or interesting wines, tank samples,…
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PN vertical

Pinot Noir vertical tasting

It’s been a busy day today at Nautilus. CJ’s been invited to attend the launch lunch (try saying that after a couple of vinos) of Silere Merino (did you know Merino sheep are not only great for wool, they are also the tastiest breed of meat?) in a couple of weeks at Hummingbird in Wellington. We’ve just had a glimpse of the menu and it…
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CJ received Spieglau Chardonnay trophy

Trophy for Nautilus Chardonnay

I was delighted to collect the chardonnay trophy for our 2011 Nautilus chardonnay at the Speiglau Wine Competiton on friday night.  From 177 entries the judges (with impeccable taste I must say) found our wine top – interestingly the other 6 gold medals also went to Marlborough chardonnays.  I do think quality chardonnay grown in Marlborough is underated and too often overlooked.  Gone are the…
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What I actually tasted

Screwcap or Cork?

It is not the first time someone has done this experiment, but tasting the results for myself, blind, are different to reading someone else’s opinion. The other day CJ asked me to come and taste two wines, blind. I didn’t know what the wines were (it was pretty obvious they were pinot noir, but was I looking at finished wines? Samples? Nautilus or Opawa? ours…
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Vintage 2012

Kia ora all, As our cuzzies across the ditch wind up their harvest, we are just cranking up.  Vintage 2012 will be the latest since 1997 – running about 2 weeks behind normal (whatever ‘normal’ is).  We have been busy over Easter and have all the Chardonnay in barrel, have most of the Pinot Noir in tank and about 1/3rd of our Sauvignon safely in.…
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