Three Decades of Nautilus Chardonnay

The story of Nautilus Chardonnay begins in 1989 when the first wine was made from what is now our own Nautilus Renwick vineyard (you know the classic story – we liked the wine so much, we had to buy the vineyard). This vineyard has remained the cornerstone vineyard for our Chardonnay programme ever since. Throughout the ’90s, Chardonnay grew to be a significant and successful part of the Nautilus…
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A Delicious Winter Treat

Author, home cook, and all-round lovely person Kelly Gibney has created this warming family meal to match our delicious Pinot Noirs. Perfect to share with friends and family on a chilly winter night. Asian spiced lamb shoulder with rice noodles & quick pickled cucumber Serves 6 Deeply warming and beautifully spiced, this succulent lamb shoulder is paired with thick rice noodles and the bright flavours of pickled cucumbers.…
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Vintage Report 2020

A few cool nights in early spring had us concerned about potential frost damage but none eventuated and a settled period during flowering resulted in a solid crop being set. Rains in November & December kept the soil moisture levels up and while January and February were warm and dry, we had sufficient water to get through the season. We began harvest on the 20th…
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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 regular sized…
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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 with…
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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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