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  We began making Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay in 1989 buying grapes from a vineyard in Renwick. The fruit held such promise we bought the vineyard shortly afterward. Despite this early potential, it was undoubtedly a challenging beginning for Chardonnay in our portfolio.  We struggled with inferior clonal selection, high yields and faulty corks – you name it. So in the late 90’s we decided to…
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A Perfect Platter

The expression ‘you eat with your eyes first’ is certainly true when creating the ultimate platter. Our friends at Città share their tips on how to curate a cheese platter feast, together with our perfect wine pairings. 1. Perfect pairings First thing’s first, choose your cheese and wine pairings carefully so the flavours work together in perfect harmony. Luckily in New Zealand, we have artisans…
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Winter’s Bounty

You may associate cold days with rich, heavy food, but Kelly Gibney shows us a brilliant way with winter veges that brings the warmth without the weightiness. The flavoursome richness of this dish plays beautifully with Nautilus Chardonnay. The cauliflower rice ensures it doesn’t feel too too heavy. A great meal to take you from winter through to spring. Serve with whatever vegetables takes your…
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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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Nautilus Estate Celebrates 30 Vintages

Last Monday, an intimate group of friends and colleagues joined us at Cazador restaurant in Auckland to celebrate 30 vintages of Nautilus Estate wines. Nautilus is proud to be one of the few Marlborough-based wineries that has remained under the same founding family ownership for 30 vintages. To mark the occasion, we pulled some old vintage wines from our cellar, and worked with Dariush and…
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Grape fruit, white chocolate and greek yoghurt curd

Wellington food writer Laura Vincent suggests some more recipes to pair with Nautilus Estate wines at Hungryandfrozen.com

A wee while ago I featured a couple of recipes that Hungry and Frozen writer Laura Vincent had suggested to pair with Nautilus Estate Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV, and with Nautilus Vintage Rose 2011. Here are another couple of recipes she suggested which I can promise you are equally delicious! bread and butter chicken a recipe by myself recommended wine pairing: Nautilus Estate Vintage Rose 2011…
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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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Negociants International Visit Nautilus Estate

The wonderful team at Negociants International do a great job of representing our wines in countries as far flung as the Philippines, Mongolia, The Netherlands, South Africa, and Mexico. You would think with all that travelling they might want to have a few quiet nights at home between sales visits, but somehow we managed to persuade them to spend their weekend with us at Nautilus…
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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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