Nautilus Estate Harvest Programme
Nautilus Estate Harvest

Over the past few years, both in our own vineyards and with the support of our growers, Nautilus Estate has continued to expand and develop its vineyards with 2006 seeing the introduction of the Nautilus VSP pruning system – a world first.

Ongoing research into the best combination of the preference of different clones for different sites continues to improve the fruit characters and aroma intensity of our fruit. For example, we now have over twenty-four hectares of Pinot Noir planted in vineyards throughout the Marlborough region, in a variety of clones including AM10/5, the Pommard clones 5 and 6 and the Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777.

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Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2011
Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2011, New Zealand

We invite all Pinot Noir Devotee’s to join us in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque Wine regions for the 10th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration.

The Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration has established itself as one of New Zealand’s premier wine events and our vision is to bring together the wine world’s leading writers and commentators, together with wine and food enthusiasts to experience Central Otago’s best wine, cuisine and sights.

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Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration
Jancis Robinson, Frederic & James at Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration, Australia

The Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association will once again play host to the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration, January 28 & 29, 2011, a “must attend” event for pinot noir enthusiasts and a chance to celebrate the magic of this cool climate variety within a global perspective.

The festivities begin on Friday and Saturday January 28 & 29, with two full days of tutored tasting sessions tasting pinot noirs from around the world alongside national and international wine media and producers from the US, France, New Zealand and Australia. For the pinot fanatic, this can only be described as two days of “serious fun”!

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Exclusive PENFOLDS Gifting & Sampling Event

Unique Gifting Ideas · Complimentary Wine Sampling

Established in 1844, PENFOLDS has long been the favourite choice of wine lovers worldwide. This festive season, join us at the PENFOLDS Festive Wine Lounge to enjoy complimentary wine tastings, while picking up some special wines – only available during this event – for those you absolutely have to impress!

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Must-Have Wine for the Christmas Table 2010
Jean-Baptise Geoffrey Blanc de Rosé Champagne

The Wandering Palate is heading to our Melbourne residence for the festive season and preparations for the Christmas day feast are already well in hand.

Priority of course is procuring the appropriate turkey, and I can tell you after enduring a commercial frozen turkey from the USA for the last three years here in Singapore, we are looking forward to a free-range, chemical-free, wholesome, flavoursome bird (one of the issues Singapore has yet to come to terms with) moreover, at a third of the price!

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Pedigreed Rieslings
Schloss Johannisberger vineyard, Germany

For a better appreciation of the nature and versatility of this wine style, begin with the Germans.

Life is filling in time between meals, and a meal without wine could only be breakfast,” my doctrine and usual sign-off in correspondence. It often sparks facetious replies, predictably involving champagne.

Occasionally, I encounter more compelling responses, such as this from Schloss Johannisberg: “About breakfast, I can only quote former US president Thomas Jefferson on his journey to the Rhine in 1788: `On our way we lodged at Rudesheim at Johannisberg Abbey, and breakfasted the next morning on samples of Johannisberg wine. It is the best made on the Rhine and is incomparable and costs about twice as much as the oldest Hochheimer. The 1775 vintage is the best. What a delicious liquor, sir, it is!”‘

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Let’s toast to the Festive Season!
Magnificent Champagnes for Christmas

No wine is more evocative than Champagne, the king of sparkling wines. Champagne is something special to drink. It is a symbol of luxury and celebration, praised all other the world. This magic is created thanks to the “method Champenoise” which turns a blend of grape juice into an invigorating, bubbly and festive – some would say sexy – wine.”

To all Champagne lovers:
As Christmas is approaching and we wind down to enjoy the season with loved ones and close friends, the wines in this offer will be thoughtful partners to your celebrations and get-together parties, or even for a quiet evening at home.

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Must Have Wine Accessory of the Year
Preserving open wine

So what do you get the wine enthusiast who seemingly has everything for Christmas? WINESAVE of course – so they can start their very own wine bar at home!

With the very nature of wine appreciably less intimidating nowadays and a growing familiarity amongst the populace, a glass of wine is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life around the world.

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Must-Have Wine Book of the Year
Burghound Vosne Romanee vineyard panaroma

‘The Pearl of the Côte – the Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée’ – Allen Meadows of

Notwithstanding this touchstone book is the perfect Christmas present for Burgundy and pinot noir lovers, or all wine enthusiasts for that matter, it is imperative reading for anyone wanting to better understand the deep complexities of Burgundy and more specifically, the pinnacle of the region and the pinot noir grape, the appellation Vosne-Romanée – as Meadow’s puts it more evocatively, ‘The Pearl of the Cote’.

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Marlborough hits and myths
Balhannah overlooking dam, Australia

Cloudy Bay may have put a certain white wine and a region on the map but Australian expertise started the trend.

Despite being shunned by wine buffs and recalcitrant writers such as myself, sauvignon blanc remains the world’s most popular white grape variety and has been for more than a decade, dismissing any notion it is a passing trend. While there is no sign of sauvignon blanc’s prevalence waning, overconfident producers should not be complacent. As witnessed in the past, entrenched styles and fashionable varieties can easily become passe.

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