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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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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A Very Special Sauvignon Blanc…

The Nautilus Winemakers Selection Sauvignon Blanc, like the Four Barriques Pinot Noir, is a wine we have made occasionally when we think the vintage quality warrants it.  Previously allocated to the UK market, this wine is for the first time being released here in NZ. The style of this Sauvignon Blanc has always been at the technical forefront of what we are trying to achieve…
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