Rapaura Springs Bouldevines Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

Producer Information

Rapaura Springs (pronounced Ra-para) is a unique oasis in the dry Marlborough landscape with natural underground springs providing a life source for the vines. This pure water enables the vineyards to produce outstanding fruit with minimal intervention. The logo represents the water of the multiple springs that flow from their stony aquifer.


The Bouldevines Vineyard is located at the entrance to the Omaka Valley within the Southern Valleys sub-region. The soil is stony, alluvial and free-draining. This sub-region is inland and temperatures are cooler than coastal sub-regions, which allows the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness and expressive fruit flavour, while retaining vibrant acidity.


The fruit was hand-picked in the cool of the morning, then taken straight to the winery and whole-bunch pressed. After pressing, the juice was sent to barrel, including a selection of older and new oak barrels (47% new). Here the wine completed wild fermentation, before aging for 10 months.

Vintage Information

2020 was a brilliant vintage. Dry, warm weather, followed by Marlborough’s trademark cooler nights, helped to create intense aromatics and vibrant acidity. It would’ve been one of the smoothest harvests, if it wasn’t for COVID-19. The introduction of a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus coincided with the beginning of picking, bringing with it the very real possibility of shut-down. The vineyard and winery teams moved incredibly fast to adhere to strict distancing and hygiene protocols to allow harvest to continue.

Tasting Note

Complex and enticing grapefruit, citrus and white peach characters are complemented by struck-flint, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. This wine is textural, with great balance and length.

Serving Suggestion

Best served at 10-12°C

100% Chardonnay

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