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 vintage rose with lemonade pancakes and strawberry sauce.

Hungry & Frozen’s Laura Vincent creates recipes to compliment Nautilus sparkling wines

Food and wine pairing is a tricky subject. While there are no “rights” or “wrongs” when it comes to flavour pairing, and it pretty much all comes down to subjective prefernce, if you’ve been in the wine game long enough it’s pretty certain you’ve had a few “wow” moments when it comes to food and wine pairing. For me, the first time this happened was…
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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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Hand picked Sauvignon Blanc trial from our Renwick vineyard. Vintage 2014

Nautilus Estate Vintage 2014 by numbers

We picked 1.9 T of experimental first crop Albarino yesterday from our Renwick vineyard today to formally bring the V2014 harvest to a close (we finished the main harvest last week on the 9th). A few vintage statistics for you: 1639 Tonnes of grapes picked 311 grape samples tested 65 grape receipts issued (individual parcels of grapes) 10,849 baskets of hand pick fruit collected 94.5…
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New Year’s Traditions at Nautilus Estate

Now that everyone is back at the winery after their Christmas holidays it has been really interesting exchanging stories about what everyone got up to. Obviously there have been some New Year’s Resolutions… Clive Weston, our general manager, resolves never to be without a chilled bottle of Nautilus in the fridge ready for unexpected visitors. Paul Mcphee our viticultural technician resolves to lower his gold…
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Clive Weston

Nautilus Estate featured on TVNZ’s The Wine Show

As you probably know, Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV won the Air NZ Trophy for best wine in show just before Christmas last year. As a result of that win, managing director Clive Weston was interviewed by Michael Jemison for the Wine Show which aired on TVNZ in December. For those who didn’t catch it, here is the programme:  

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The Twelve Wines of Christmas

Howdy. What a great year it’s been.With two “champion wine of show” trophies on display at the cellar door, there has been lots to celebrate and Christmas 2013 will be a perfect excuse to kick back and enjoy some pretty special wines. Of course it won’t just be Nautilus that we’re drinking – an important part of being a winemaker is to “benchmark” our wines…
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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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Gareth Stewart's venison wellington

Wellingtons in Auckland

Nautilus Estate Pinot Noir 2011 was served at a recent masterclass organised by Cuisine magazine. The title of the masterclass was “Stress-free entertaining with Gareth Stewart” and was attended by about 160 avid foodies. Nautilus Pinot Noir was delicious partnered with Gareth’s Venison Wellingtons and there were many favourable comments on this particular match. Both the dish and the wine had a subtle combination of…
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