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 springs water flowing from their stony aquifer.
The Pinot Noir grapes used in this wine were sourced from select premium vineyards within the Marlborough region. Small parcels of quality fruit were harvested over a number of days from four individual vineyards in four separate sub-regions of Marlborough. Fruit was picked when optimum levels of ripeness and flavour were achieved.
A combination of both traditional and New World winemaking was used in the making of this Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir. The fruit was cold soaked for 3-5 days followed by fermentation in open top tanks. Plunging of the cap allowed for gentle tannin extraction and colour development. Some parcels were allowed to macerate for 2-5 days before pressing off into a selection of new and seasoned French and Hungarian barriques and stainless steel for 15 months.
The grapes were hand picked late March to early April 2013.
Dark plum, black cherry and black olive tapenade with complexing mushroom and fresh sage combined with vanilla pod oak. The palate is rich in dark fruits, fresh strawberries and cassis. The tannins are poised and silky and finishes with notes of dried herbs and cedar.
Enjoy with Grilled Venison Medallions and Mushroom and Tomato Bordelaise sauce or a Beetroot and Goats Cheese Tart.
Best served at 15-16°C
91 points / 4.5 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
4 Stars – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Marlborough, New Zealand
100% Pinot Noir