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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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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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Vintage 2015

  A few chilly nights in spring caused some sleepless nights and while there were no visits by Jack Frost to our blocks the cooler weather did influence flowering and only a moderate crop was set.  All the talk over summer was about drought and with the lowest rainfall in over 80 years recorded over summer the valley was looking extremely dry and a good…
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Vintage 2014 Report

A mild spring and warm & settled December resulted in a good fruit set and higher than average cropping levels.  Considerable fruit thinning was carried out across all varieties to ensure the vines were balanced. Throughout spring and early summer the season was warmer than average and we were anticipating an early vintage.  Post-Christmas temperatures were more normal but we still managed our earliest start…
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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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Nautilus Vintage Rose 2011

Nautilus Estate Vintage Rosé launched

Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV has long been regarded as one of NZ’s top sparkling wines. This NV is so good that we have resisted the temptation to produce a vintage wine as we just don’t see how we could make it any better. However recently we got thinking about something a little different and Wednesday 16th October saw the launch of our new vintage sparkling…
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Clay Hills 2013 comp

Vintage 2013 Report

A relatively cool start to the season made for a few nights on frost patrol but we were lucky and no real damage was done.  The rest of spring & summer went very much according to plan with the accumulation of growing degree days (GDD) looking remarkably normal. Then after Xmas suddenly all the talk was of drought.  This meant angst for the dairy farmers…
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CJ comparing this year's free run cuvee juice with the current release. Both pretty tasty, it seems!

Vintage 2013 Kicks Off!

Hi all, We kicking things off this morning with a small pick of Pinot Noir for Nautilus Cuvee.  We regard this as our ‘indicator’ block as it usually at least a week ahead of our next pick. This year we picked on the 6th March.  Apart from the very late vintage last year we have picked this block between the 3rd & 11th of March…
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Post Vintage road trip

On Sunday the cellar crew drove down to Christchurch for some post vintage time out - well that was our excuse to go and see the Reds vs Crusaders Super 15 match.  While not a spectacular game at least the good guys won (yes that is the Crusaders) which meant we enjoyed the post match dinner at The Monday Room – great tapas and excellent wine and beer selection.  A…
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Vintage 2012

Kia ora all, As our cuzzies across the ditch wind up their harvest, we are just cranking up.  Vintage 2012 will be the latest since 1997 – running about 2 weeks behind normal (whatever ‘normal’ is).  We have been busy over Easter and have all the Chardonnay in barrel, have most of the Pinot Noir in tank and about 1/3rd of our Sauvignon safely in.…
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