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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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Sleeper vintages – every vintage is not the same!

One of the great things about wine is that every new release is the result of the unique conditions from that growing season. While there will be some consistency from year to year rooted in the terroir and the house winemaking style, every wine is invariably a snapshot of the year in which it was grown. One of the challenges we face as winemakers is…
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A Mighty Meaty Feast at Cazador

Last Monday I finished work early and took a flight to Auckland. My mission: drive to Cazador in Balmoral for a Tasting Club dinner organised by the incredible girls from Gather and Hunt and the amazing family team at Cazador. What a night! At the door, Rebecca from Cazador welcomed me with a fab glass of our Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV, and I stepped through the…
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One little kiwi at the World of Pinot Noir, California

So World Of Pinot Noir (WOPN) was quite the experience for this little kiwi. Normally Clive and Katy get all the fun gigs but this was a case of right place, right time, and with David Strada from NZ Winegrowers working a little magic, and here I am at this amazing event. People here are so passionate about pinot (I’m feeling right at home!) and are…
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Marlborough’s Inaugural Pinot Safari

Was it more Stanley and Livingstone, or Dad’s Army? On Saturday the 2nd February, 30 intrepid explorers including winemakers, sommeliers and journalists set out to discover some of  Marlborough’s most beautiful pinot noir vineyards. Avoiding the valley floor and main roads, the route had been carefully planned (over a few beers one night) to start with a glass of Nautilus Cuvee at the Calrossie vineyard in the…
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Pinot Noir 2013

James Suckling: “@Timatkin @jamiegoode @stockwine …Marlborough is on a roll.” Pinot Noir 2013 involved 100 of NZ’s top pinot noir producers, and 350 or so international VIP guests for four days of tasting, eating, learning, partying and apparently doing bombs into Wellington harbour! For the first time the event was split into different “regional” venues and our very own CJ was el presidente of the…
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Southern Pinot Noir Workshop 2013

Every year, 100 Pinot Noir winemakers from NZ’s South Island get together to talk Pinot. This isn’t the usual wine buff type talk of “scents of wild raspberries on a warm summer’s evening…” that you’ve heard a million times before. No, this is the real technical nitty gritty. Over the course of 4 days, the winemakers blind taste 100 trial or interesting wines, tank samples,…
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Pinot Noir vertical tasting

It’s been a busy day today at Nautilus. CJ’s been invited to attend the launch lunch (try saying that after a couple of vinos) of Silere Merino (did you know Merino sheep are not only great for wool, they are also the tastiest breed of meat?) in a couple of weeks at Hummingbird in Wellington. We’ve just had a glimpse of the menu and it…
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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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Pinot Palooza

Do you like Pinot Noir? Do you love Pinot Noir? Do you need to find out more about Pinot Noir, to see what all the fuss is about? Then you are looking for a purely indulgent Pinot Noir experience, and you have come to the right place. Get ready to get hip deep in the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the southern hemisphere, and to…
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