The spring menu

  Kelly Gibney has created two delicious, nutritious and fresh recipes to complement our new released wines. Crunchy fish tacos with zesty yoghurt, lime & chive sauce These are an absolute crowd-pleaser. Perfect for a relaxed family meal or a fun dinner with friends. The flavours are more zesty than spicy, making it a perfect match for Nautilus sauvignon blanc.   Serves 4 Make 8-10…
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Vintage Report 2019

Vintage report 2019 The 2019 season started well with no significant frost issues and reasonable spring rains to develop healthy canopies.  Some cool weather during flowering affected the bunch size of some varieties – particularly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – and as a result, crops were naturally slightly down.  January and February were then extremely dry with virtually no rainfall for two months and warmer…
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A Vintage Spread

  Vintage is one of the busiest times of the year at Nautilus. With that in mind, Kelly Gibney has created a delicious feast to sustain our winemakers and their crew through vintage and to relax at the end. Chicken Waldorf Salad Sandwiches Makes enough filling for 6 or more large sandwiches A classic sandwich filling that will satisfy hunger in a big way. Load it up…
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The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc

The beautiful and mysterious Paper Nautilus is rarely seen in the open ocean but occasionally washes up on secluded beaches around the Marlborough Sounds. With its paper-like shells, its delicate geometry and feather-weight texture, this distant cousin of the Nautilus in our logo has become the inspiration for a new direction of Sauvignon Blanc winemaking for the Nautilus team. 30 years’ experience has led us…
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A Vintage Meal

  During vintage  we all work very hard and a good meal is essential to keep you going.  When we are working shifts we work in with local catering company BV Gourmet who provided with delicious nutritious meals and we can simply re-heat and eat for lunch or dinner to keep the crew going.  Of course occasionally we get the opportunity to relax a bit…
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View From the Top

  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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