Rapaura Springs Limestone Terrace Pinot Noir 2016

Producer Information

Owned by the Neylon family, Rapaura Springs has an astonishing track record of Trophies and top points for its wines. The family started their farming career with mussels and apples but found vines much more rewarding and since making this move haven’t looked back. Their goal is to enhance the environment around them through sustainable vineyard and winemaking practices that will leave a natural legacy for future generations. Rapaura Springs have a philosophy of minimum intervention, and all vineyards are carefully managed under strict Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand standards. They let Marlborough’s land, climate and water do the hard work, then handcraft superb wines at the state of the art winery, leaving the vineyards to tell their own story, with just a little nudge in the right direction from experienced viticulture and winemaking teams. The result is a selection of focused, terroir-driven Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs with outstanding varietal expression.


The Limestone Terrace Vineyard, in the Awatere Valley sub-region of Marlborough, is spectacular and rugged. Using only the best parcels from this sub-region the Limestone Terrace Pinot Noir is a fine example of this wonderful variety. Limited by nature, elegant and pure


Premium Pinot Noir grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness. A selection was whole bunch pressed and underwent wild fermentation to add complexity. Blended from 12 of the best barrels, this Pinot Noir was identified as a standout in the vintage and selected by our team as worthy of carrying a Select Parcel label.

Vintage Information

A welcome increase of volume produced after the small 2015 vintage. In Marlborough, larger than average berry size is expected to emphasise thiols (passionfruit flavours) over methoxypyrazines (herbal flavours).

Tasting Note

This wine shows expressive dark cherry & plum aromas and flavours with notes of thyme, mocha and cinnamon spice. Matured in French Oak barrels, 33% new, for 10 months, the wine has fine tannins and an elegant, lengthy finish.

Food Pairing

Perfectly paired with a rare fillet steak or mushroom risotto.

Serving Suggestion

Best served at 15-17°C

Awatere, Marlborough, New Zealand
100% Pinot Noir

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