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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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Marlborough Pinot Styles

You all know we are pretty passionate about Pinot Noir here at Nautilus. Especially pinots that come from our beloved Marlborough region. Check out this video of a Family of Twelve masterclass held at the London International Wine Fair earlier this year. The masterclass focused on regional styles of Pinot in NZ and this section shows me giving an overview of the Marlborough wines included…
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Cured venison with gingerbread croutons, matched with Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2001

Local pinot noir celebration held at Cloudy Bay Winery

Saturday was a fairly grey, rainy day here in Blenheim. So what better way to pass the day, than holed up in the barrel hall at Cloudy Bay with various wine industry colleagues and customers, tasting a selection of the best 2009 pinots, followed by a fantastic meal created by chef Des Harris from Auckland’s Clooney Restaurant. The tasting was led by Cloudy Bay winemaker…
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Marlborough Pinot Back Country Safari

10 quality-focused pinot producers of Marlborough lead their guests on a four-wheel drive tour of some of the back country pinot noir-dedicated vineyards of Marlborough. Avoiding the main roads, the event will highlight the fabulous food, wine, landscape and personalities of this stunning region. Date: 20113-02-02

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